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What’s On May 2013 Until 25th May - Sleeping Arrangements

Fri. 3rd & 4th May Bluebell and Wild Flower Walk

At the Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, London SW9 9PH. A new musical based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella. A tale of Chloe who desperately needs a holiday and rents a luxury villa in Spain. Attentions rise and old passions resurface when she is joined by the rest of the party. www.landortheatre.co.uk

At Sissinghurst Castle. A glorious four mile walk with the ranger to discover the beautiful flowers on the Sissinghurst Estate. £12.50. Please book on 08442 491895.

Fri. 3rd May - Michael Ball - Both Sides Now

Until Mon. 6th May - Tulip Festival

At the Brighton Centre. Michael has just released a new studio album also titled ‘Both Sides Now’. Both the tour and the album will comprise of 2 halves, encompassing Michael’s biggest hits from both his recorded and stage careers. Michael Ball has won critical and public acclaim over the last 25 years with his dynamic, award-winning lead roles in the West End and on Broadway. Tickets £37.50. 01273 290 131.

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst. Open 11am - 5pm. Admission £9.50. Cafe, gift shop and plant sales. 01580 200888.

Thurs. 2nd May - Rolvenden Farmers Market

Every Thursday morning at St. Mary’s Church, Rolvenden. 241056.

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Thurs. 2nd May - 29th June Travels With My Aunt

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 56 Southwark Street, London. SE1 1RU. An anarchic comedy by Grahame Green telling the story of retired bank manager Henry Pulling and his globe trotting adventures with Aunt Augusta. 0207 378 1713.

Thurs. 2nd May - Craft and Gift Fair

At the Mansion (Lions Hotel), Eastbourne seafront. 10am - 3pm An exciting new event for Eastbourne held every Thursday with free admission. See feature on page 50.

Fri. 3rd May - Brede Farmers Market

Every Friday at Brede Village Hall. See main advertisement and feature on page 41.

Fri. 3rd May - 1st June The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Paws, Claws & Doors: My name is Nigel, I grew up with many animals. We have approx 2 acres of land, stock fenced into smaller paddocks and an area of lawn which is securely fenced. There are several paths across fields where we can walk away from any traffic, but we are happy to walk their normal routes, etc if housesitting or daily visits. All small animals can be housed in one of our hutches or their own if preferred. I have been doing this for quite a few years but having been made redundant decided to enlarge on my passion.

At the Sabai Pavillion, Victoria Gardens, Grand Parade, Brighton. Evening and matinee performances, standards seats £24.00. Fri. 3rd May all seats £14.00.

Fri. 3rd - 6th May - Jack in the Green

At Old Town, Hastings. A festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe. Procession on Bank Holiday Monday with music, dance, singing and street entertainment and the traditional crowning of the May Queen. www.hastingsjack.co.uk

Fri. 3rd May - Bexhill Farmers Market

Every Friday at Devonshire Square, Bexhill on Sea. 8.30am - 2pm.

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Local, Original AFFORDABLE Art Alter Ego Gallery in Battle is a treasure trove of affordable art by local & regional artists. Paintings include local scenes of Hastings & Dungeness by Pett artist Anna Wilson-Patterson & Hastings artist Richard Swann’s oils of the Sussex Downs. Battle’s own Celia Allen’s ceramics are collected world-wide & we also have Pett’s Sarah Masters’ collages of fish & animals. Former Sussex Coast College student Hannah Cousins’ prints make very affordable presents as do framed drawings by Lamberhurst’s Jane Gray starting at just £25, plus hand-stitched mixed-media by Serena Partridge from £25. Tunbridge Wells based Anne Kelly exhibits internationally yet her wall hanging textiles start at just £34.50. Books include Battle in Pictures, Single to Brighton by Battle’s Lilian Forshaw & Udimore’s Brenda Hartill’s new book on collage. Phew! A feast of local creativity awaits you.

Sussex Rocks is a family owned organisation whose aim is to bring together youngsters from the ages of 10 – 18 for a week of music making and fun. Our expert tutors are there to guide you in all aspects of your playing and there is always an opportunity to try an instrument you have not previously played. Participants will perform in small groups and play the music they want to play and if they are interested they can write and perform their own music. We cover all styles of music from rock, pop, folk, blues, electric and acoustic. Throughout the week we offer several masterclasses in various techniques and students can choose to participate in all or just those which interest them. Details of these can been seen on our webiste www.sussexrocks.org.uk.

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Sat. 4th - 12th May - Grand Designs Live At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Open 10am - 6pm. Sunday 12th - 5pm. Join design guru Kevin McCloud to see all the latest trends for the home. For tickets call the hotline 0844 854 1348. You can get two tickets for £22 by quoting reference GDL2FOR20.

Sat. 4th May - An Evening With the Stars from Strictly Come Dancing

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Starring Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas plus their Stunning Dancers. The production will feature them along with their guest dancers, all beautifully costumed, demonstrating a series of stunning dance routines, accompanied by a full audio-visual backdrop, a Q&A section plus an appearance by a local dance school. 01892 530613.

Sat. 4th May - Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw

At Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden at 2pm. The intimate correspondence between the Great actress and the witty, controversial playwright. Booking Essential 0844 2491895

Sat. 4th May - Have a Go Longbow

At Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst, Kent at 2.15pm. All tickets £18.00. Shoot like the longbow men of Agincourt. (one hour). Booking Essential 01892 893820.

Sat. 4th - 6th May - Dance Around the Maypole

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 7NG. Traditional folk and tudor dancing plus Morris men, gardens and lots more. Starts 11am 4.30pm. 01732 865224.

Sat. 4th May - The Real Thing

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne at 8pm. ‘You to be are everything’. Tickets £22.50. 01323 412000.

Sat. 4th May - T. Wells Farmers Market

On the Pantiles, T. Wells from 9am - 2pm. 07902 215942.

Sat. 4th May - Spring Fayre

At St. Michael’s Hospice, Upper Maze Road, St. Leonards on Sea. Lots of stalls, attractions, refreshments and much more! 10.15am - 12.30pm.

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Sat. 4th May - Mayfield Book Fair

At The Memorial Hall, Mayfield from 9am - 3pm. Free admission.

Sat. 4th May - May Day Craft Fair

At the Sports Hall, Homewood School, Tenterden from 10am - 4pm. Lots of attractions for a family day out. 01580 764222.

Sat. 4th May - Archery Course

At Pickhill Business Centre, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden from 1pm - 4pm. £35.00. 01580 766880.

Sat. 4th - 6th May - Bank Holiday At Bewl

At Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, Kent. Family funfair, dodgems, stalls, laserquest, mini golf, kids fishing, facepainting, tug of war, boat trips, barbecue and lots more attractions planned. 01892 890000.

Sat. 4th May - Open Air Cinema - The Italian Job

On the Western Lawns, Eastbourne seafront. The classic 1969 comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam. The film stars Michael Caine as Charlie Croker, Noel Coward as Mr Bridger and some stalwarts of British Comedy. Open 6.30pm. Film 7.30pm. Cars: £15 per car Non car entry: Adults £5, Under 16s £3. 01323 412000.

Sat. 4th May An Evening With Stewart Townsend

Pondering about what to do with your black beams? Then Back From Black Beam Renovation specialists may have the answer! The company has invented a mess free process which offers an innovative alternative to sandblasting, mechanical or chemical stripping. There is no mess, dust or damage to the beams or surrounding décor. With this unique system, they work for the most part in furnished houses. They have renovated beams in many lovely homes throughout the UK and France as shown on their website. Why not make an appointment to visit the Back From Black Beam Renovation show home in RYE, East Sussex. If you are interested in a free quote, don’t hesitate to send photographs of the rooms with room dimensions at quote@beam-renovation.co.uk

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 9.30pm. Performance and chat with one of the world’s leading worship songwriters. 01323 412000.

Sat. 4th May - Bewl Water Marathon

At Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, Kent. 9am. a picturesque and circular 2 lap route around the reservoir trail,it takes in some spectacular views of the surrounding Kent countryside along this undulating and scenic wooded trail which is largely an off road route. www.hermesrunning.com

Sat. 4th May - Robertsbridge Village Market

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road, 10am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 4th May - Morris Men

At Sheffield Park and Garden, near Uckfield at 2.30pm. With Chanctonbury Morris Men. Free event. Normal admission charges apply to Sheffield Park. Possible appearance of Georgian the Dragon!

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Sat. 4th May - The Rat Pack Live At the Brighton Centre at 7pm. Featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show, join the UK’s number one Dean, Sammy and Frank live tribute concert extravaganza. Prepare to experience the definition of cool. . .Tickets £26 and £27.50. 01273 290131.

Sun. 5th May - The Night of a 1000 Stars

Mr Bath Man repairs all stained, cracked or chipped bathroom suites; plastic, steel, cast iron or enamel. We can restore, reenamel & even change the colour, usually within a day. All work is carried out in-situ, saving you a fortune in replacement and plumbing fees. Visit our website, mrbathman.com, and call Ivor to arrange your FREE no obligation quote.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. Once again thrill to the sound of some stella performers from London and New York. For a night of musicals. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 5th & 6th May Spring Garden & Leisure Show

At the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex. Horticulture is at the heart of the show that offers a whole host of gardening delights from simple, successful spring planting to new fresh trends in design to bring your garden right up to date. http://www.seas.org.uk/shows.asp?id=1

Sat. 4th & 5th May - Magnificent Motors

On The Western Lawns, Eastbourne from 11.15am Sat. More than 500 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses and more all on display in this two day festival. Bringing together over a century of motoring with the opportunity for anyone to sign in and display their car.

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Sun. 5th May - Vaisakhi Festival 2013 The Mayor of London presents Vaisakhi Festival. Everyone’s invited to come and join the party in Trafalgar Square. The free fun starts at noon as London celebrates the Sikh New Year with music, Bhangra and Punjabi dance, food and children’s activities. There’s a sizzling musical line up too including Channi Singh from Alaap, Shin of DCS, Navin Kundra, Juggy D, Foji, The Phat Kat Koalition and Heera, plus top DJs to get you on your feet. A vibrant and exciting afternoon of entertainment for all.

Sun. 5th May - I Wish (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm and 8pm. Warm-hearted childhood drama is both laugh-out-loud funny and emotional. 01892 678678.

Sun. 5th May - Leona Lewis

At the Brighton Centre. 6.30pm. This collection of songs simultaneously showcases the sheer power and intimacy of Leona’s incredible voice. For an artist that has enjoyed unparalleled success, broken world records and sold over 20 million singles and albums. £35 to £55. 01273 290131.

Sun. 5th May - Ride and Skate Day

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill onSea. Various entertainment throughout the day. A chance to win a BMX bike. Everyone welcome to ride, skate or watch. www.sourcebmx.com #skateday Free entry.

Mon. 6th May - See the Steam Giants

At Brede Waterworks, 6 miles north of Hastings on the A28. The huge steam pumping engines have been restored and are in motion again. Free entry and parking. Refreshments available. 01323 897310.

Mon. 6th May - May Day at Goddinton

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, near Ashford. TN23 3BP. 11am 4pm. Maypole dancing, trail and games in the garden. Godmersham Game Barbecue. Admission £5.00 adult, £2.50 child. 01233 643854.

Mon. 6th May - May Day Celebrations

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, near Maidstone. Maypole Morris Dancing, steam organ, blacksmith and forge. 01622 763936.

Mon. 6th May - Shreya Ghoshai

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Experience a musical evening with the Queens of Melody and Bollywood icon Shreya. 0207 589 8212.

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Tues. 7th May - Eddie Izzard - Force Majeure At the Brighton Centre. 6.30pm. FORCE MAJEURE will be the most extensive comedy tour ever. It begins its mammoth journey around the globe during spring 2013. From Cardiff to Kathmandu, Moscow to Mumbai, EDDIE will visit 25 countries throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal and The Far East, stopping at The Brighton Centre on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th May, 2013 AND, Saturday 1st June, 2013. 01273 290131.

Tues. 7th - 11th May - The Sorcerer

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Presented by the Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society. A lively story with all the usual characters, muddles and final happy ending.Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Tues. 7th - 8th May - Seaside Special

At Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8.15pm. A variety show including both local and professional talent will perform throughout the summer. With songs from the shows from the past 100 years. Entertainment which will appeal to all ages. £16.00. 01323 412000.

Wed. 8th May - Being Tommy Cooper

At the White Rock Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Powerful, provocative, painfully funny and true, Green’s astonishing play finds both the brilliance in Britain’s most famous comic and explores the pressures and loneliness of fame. 01424 462288.

Wed. 8th May - General Antique Auction

At Burstow & Hewett, Lower Lake, Battle. Viewing Tues. 01424 772374

Ripley Forge and Fireplaces Ltd, a family run business , has been part of the Robertsbridge community for over 70 years. They have an extensive showroom where you can see a vast range of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multifuel stoves, two of which are alight making it a warm and welcoming environment. Stoves on display include Stovax, Franco Belge, Portway, Villager, Nordpeis, Bronpi, Dovre, Yeoman, Charnwood and many more. Their extensive yard and showroom houses a multitude of firebacks, baskets and dogs, as well as a plethora of fireplace accessories and unusual gifts. They offer free out of hours site surveys and installation carried out by Hetas registered experienced fitters. Their forge offers a bespoke service for gates, fencing and general ironwork. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm, go and have a look, they are more than just a specialist fireplace shop.

Mon. 6th May - Postman Pat Mini Show At Drusillas Park, Alfriston, nr Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN26 5QS. Enjoy the high energy show as Postman Pat bakes a cake for Jess’ birthday, with the help of the audience. There will also be the opportunity to see the friendly country postman at intervals throughout the day. 01323 874100

Mon. 6th May - High Halden May Fair

At High Halden Green from 2pm - 4.30pm. Free entry. Punch and Judy, Tug of War, the village bake off, plant show. Maypole dancing etc.

Mon. 6th May - Tenterden May Fair

At the Recreation Ground, Tenterden from noon to 4pm. A traditional May fair with salute and march past by the Tenterden and Ashford army cadets.

Mon. 6th - 11th May Priscilla Queen of the Dessert

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites. Mon-Thu at 7.30pm Fri at 5pm & 8.15pm. Sat at 2.30pm & 7.30pm 01892 530613.

A family run business with over 30 years experience, Kristel Fireplaces pride themselves in providing the highest quality service from initial surveying right through to completion of the work and aftercare. They offer a wide range of top quality makes of Stoves and Fireplaces and have a large selection on display in their Hawkhurst Showroom. With a friendly, professional approach and also providing advice in all areas, they specialise in catering for all needs and tastes across the Stove and Fireplace industry.

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Wed. 8th May - Create.Make.Bake - Ticehurst The Bell at Ticehurst. Across Rother and East Sussex there are some truly magnificent artisans, creating, making and baking some amazing handmade crafts and food, now you can learn from them for free! https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshospice

Wed. 8th May - Rye Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, Strand Quay, Rye from 10am - 1pm. 01797 222875.

Wed. 8th & 9th May - Leona Lewis

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. The record breaking superstar performs her first solo shows as part of her first UK tour in 3 years. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 9th - 12th May - Micky Flannagan

At the Brighton Centre. 7pm. “Shakes the rafters with laughter “ **** Evening Standard, “Gut-wrenchingly hilarious” ***** Daily Mirror, “Excellent, funny and poignant” The Observer, “Side-splitting” The Sunday Times. £22.50 to £23.50. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 9th May - Craft and Gift Fair

At the Mansion (Lions Hotel) Eastbourne from 10am - 3pm. An exciting new event for Eastbourne held every Thursday. Free admission. See feature on page 50.

Thurs. 9th May - The Wicker Man (Cinema)

At the De La War Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Introduced the psychotherapist and artist Glenys X Jacques at 7pm. Film 8pm. Cert. 15. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 9th May - Make Do and Mend

Make Do and Mend- Sewing class at World of Sewing 56-64 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells. Thursday 9th May 10am -4pm. £40.00 Learn how to carry out basic repairs and alterations to prolong the life of your clothes and soft furnishings. 10% discount in the shop on the day. For details of this and other classes contact: thesewingschool@virginmedia. net Call/text 01424 893912

Thurs. 9th May - West End Trips - Jersey Boys

Leaving the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 4.30pm. Coach trip to London’s West End to see the award-winning musical Jersey Boys, the electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons which tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop history.m 01424 462288.

Archway Builders are a family run building company based in Burwash, East Sussex and have been established since 2005. They are extremely proud of their reputation as a reliable and successful company with a highly skilled work force. They provide a complete building service and work closely with architects surveyors and structural engineers so they can also offer full design, planning and building regulation service. Their many satisfied customers can testify to the companies highest quality standards to include complete new builds, extensions, conversions, alterations, renovations, all the way through to your completed project. Call Archway Builders for a a free no obligation quotation.

Fri. 10th May - Drought Deluges and Dust Devils

At Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close at 10am. Free entry. 7.15pm. A lecture by Ian Curry on how to cope with the diverse weather conditions. Visitors welcome. (Little Common Hort. Society).

Fri. 10th May - Joe Lycett (Comedy)

At the Printworks, 14 Claremon, Hastings at 8.30pm. Plus MC and seven other stand ups. Tickets £10 at the door. wwwtotalcomedy.net

Fri. 10th May - Sissinghurst Farmers Market

At Sissinghurst Castle Gardens from 10.30am - 3.30pm. 01580 710700.

Fri. 10th May - Feathers and Frills Burlesque

At the Sussex Hall, White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Doors 7.15pm. Show 7.45pm. Tickets £15.00 (over 18’s only). Tel: 01424 462288 See main advertisement on page 49 for more details.

Fri. 10th May - Tracy Chevalier

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 8pm. Talking and reading extracts from, her latest book, The Last Runaway, set in 1850s Ohio. The novel follows the Quaker Honor Bright as she flees England for a new life in America. 0844 8717627.

Fri. 10th May - Mario Biondi and Incognito

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Mario Biondi premieres his new album Sun with special guests Incognito, Omar, James Taylor and Jim Mullen. 0207 589 8212.

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Fri. 10th May - The War of the Worlds At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! The New Generation is coming to the big screen for the first time. Filmed in front of a sell-out audience at London’s O2 Arena, Alive! is a stunning musical multi-media extravaganza based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale of a Martian invasion of England. 8pm. 01892 678678.

Fri. 10th - 18th May - Silly Cow

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Silly Cow is a very, very funny piece of writing. Elton’s astute observational skills and desire to pull no punches have allowed his humour to take on a deliciously wicked quality as he focuses on actors, the price of ambition, critics and “journalistic liberty”. 01424 423221

Sat. 11th May - Hailsham Farmers Market

At the Hailsham Cattle Market site, Market St, Hailsham 9am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 11th & 12th May Anti Ageing Health and Beauty Show

At Olympia, National Hall, London. the first consumer event where the industry can showcase new and established products, innovative surgical techniques, laser related procedures, non-surgical treatments, diet & exercise, anti-ageing supplements and more. You’ll be able to get professional advice on the anti-ageing procedures that are right for you – everything from cosmetic dentistry, laser therapy, chemical skin peels to collagen shots. http://anti-ageingshow.com/

Sat. 11th May - Craft Market

At Highbury Hall, Highbury Lane, Tenterden, TN30 6LE. 10am - 4pm. Artists, craftsmen, and food producers. Free admission.

Sat. 11th May - Alan Rusbridger

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 2pm. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, set himself an almost impossible goal: to learn, in one year, Chopin’s fiendishly difficult Ballade No. 1. In his book Play It Again, he relates how he found the right teacher, and the right piano; and gained insights and advice. £11.00. 0844 871 7627.

Sat. 11th May - The Man Who Left the Titanic

Fri. 10th - 13th May - Unleash the Power Within At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. With Anthony Robbins, the world’s number one peak performance coach. Helping you to take your life to the next level. www.facebook.com/tonyrobbinsseminars

Fri. 10th May - Welte Organ Concert

At Salomons, Broomhill Road, Tonbridge at 7.30pm. With organist D’Arcy Trinkwon. Tickets £10.00. 01892 515152.

At the Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent from 7pm - 9pm. The story of J. Bruce Ismay MD who stepped into a lifeboat and sailed away from the Titanic. Tickets £12.00. 0844 2491895.

Sat. 11th May - Stonegate Farmers Market

At Stonegate Village Hall from 10am - 12 noon. 07901 555385.

Sat. 11th May - Early Bird Walk

At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook from 7am. All tickets £12.50. An early morning guided walk. Booking Essential 08442 491 895

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y aim is to spread awareness, along with a wonderful group of people, the truth behind the dog and cat meat trade in South East Asia. A coalition has been formed – NOTODOGMEAT, a not for profit organisation. I have three dogs of my own, they’re loyal, kind, they give you their heart, the purest of souls, a true bond of friendship. Within the dog and cat meat trade this friendship is betrayed in the most heinous way imaginable. In South East Asia, the belief is, the more adrenalin produced before the animal is eaten, the more health benefits the meat has and the better the dog or cat meat tastes. They endure hours of prolonged torture themselves, prior to this, they’ve watched the slaughter of their pack mates, which again induces the adrenalin. In South Korea alone the dog and cat meat

traders collectively turnover 1 billion dollars! Is this culture I ask you? Or a cruel barbaric trade, and a very profitable one at that, that sees the brutal slaughter of 2.5million dogs every year, cats are unaccounted for. On the 18th May 2013 our film will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, which is also entering the competition, the first film of its kind ever to be shown. On this day, around the world in cities, towns and villages we will be collectively saying NOTODOGMEAT. Maybe you could make it along, if not, contact me and i’ll send you some flyers which can be pinned up at train stations, local shops, vets and pet shops-we need your help, the dogs and cats need your help, to spread awareness which will in turn put pressure on the governments to act and to ban this illegal heinous trade. The truth and consistency of the campaign will eventually end the suffering, we’re here

to stay, solid, the same loyalty as our best friends show us, they never let us down, and we won’t them. I will not stop fighting for our best friends, I hope you will join me. Only together will we save them from the suffering, will you say notodogmeat, please do, we can’t do this without you. Bless your heart for caring

Becky x www.notodogmeat.com becky@notodogmeat.com Facebook notodogmeat twitter @notodogmeat

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Antiques & Collectables

Second Chance Collectables: Our shop in Sackville Road, Bexhill is full of fascinating and rare items. We have a passion for antiques and our shop is an absolute treasure-house for those who love curiosities and beautiful things. Our cabinets are lined with all types of collectables and interesting items, including rare and limited edition items. Take your time to wander through our vast array of bygone treasures and who knows, you may discover that antiques bargain you’ve been searching for. Speak to us if you are looking for something specific, our knowledge and expertise allow us to source even the most obscure items for you.

What’s On Magazine www.whats-on-magazine.com 01424 870363

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Bexhill’s Anglo Continental Market Sat & Sun 18/19 May

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ow in it’s 15th year the Bexhill Anglo Continental Market is very popular both with shoppers and traders. Devonshire Road is closed to traffic and for two weekends a year (May & Sept) becomes the venue for a real Continental Street Market. Around 50 traders at the market bring the taste and smells of the Continent to Bexhill. We have genuine French traders and many local traders and craftspeople, including Artists, Soft Furnishings, Garden Ornaments, Pottery from Rye, Cakes, Floral Displays, Plants and Flowers, Local Knitwear, Fairtrade Clothing, Greetings Cards and much more. Make a day of it. Enjoy lunch in one of our many restaurants or cafes, come and visit the De La Warr Pavilion or Bexhill Museum, or just have a leisurely stroll around the market, shops and seafront. Bexhill welcomes visitors, you can park for free all day on our seafront and for a couple of hours in most of our town centre roads. If you are a trader and want to take space please telephone Sue on 01424 842892 or email info@bexhillchamber.co.uk.

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IN-PERSPECTIVE

A complete range of Art and Graphic materials Winsor & Newton Premier Art Centre

UP TO 50% OFF SKETCH BOOKS, COLOUR SETS & CANVASSES

Mount cutters, canvas & canvas panels, Encaustic art equipment, Scenic materials for dioramas and railways. Balsa wood, airfix, academy plastic kits. Humbrol, Rainbow Enamels, Maisto Car and Motorbike diecast kits, matchstick & woodcraft kits, Radio control cars, Speedboats and Helicopters. Starlings in Bexhill-on-Sea is an exciting new Art & Craft Collective gift shop, made up of local and regional designer makers and artists. The aims of the Collective are to promote and support the local community of artists and designer makers from Bexhill and beyond. Members’ products include handbags, leather belts and purses, quilting and patchwork, bespoke jewellery using silver and semi–precious stones, handmade greeting cards, original artwork, prints and photography, organic skincare, fused glassware and bottle clocks, lamps and decoupage furniture, children’s accessories, knitwear, wooden turning products. Starlings also stocks a large range of unique and exquisite oriental homeware and accessories that makes it an ideal destination for gifts and presents. As most of the products are made locally by our members we also take orders and commissions. Our range of products is continuously changing as we add new members, so pop in and see what you can find. Located on Sackville Road, we are 100 yards from the De La Warr Pavilion and 200 yards from the sea front.

Airbrushes, Rotring Pens, Marquetry, Candle making, Silk painting, Glass painting, Clays including oven bake and airdrying, Calligraphy, Card making and Pyrography.

OPEN: Monday-Saturday 9.00am-5.30pm

16 Parkhurst Road, Bexhill 01424 731120 www.inperspectiveart.co.uk

La Loba is an exciting new womens fashion boutique located in St Leonards Road, Bexhill On Sea. The boutique offers stylish and fashionable clothing, bags and accessories from brands such as Nougat, Fever, Yaya, Cocorose, NYDJ, Second Female and more. They are passionate about helping the fashion conscious woman make smart, modern and fashionable choices in a completely stressless setting. Become a better, more stylish version of yourself, La Loba always offer honest advice and never try to sell you clothing that does not look fabulous on you.

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Heathfield HEATHFIELD & DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW Saturday 25th May 2013

Up to 25% discount on tickets purchased in advance Designed for the entire family. A day packed with interest and entertainment for adults and children. Great value at £5 each child and £15 per adult, family (2+2) ticket £35 and senior citizens’/ concessions £13. Up to 25% discount can be obtained by purchasing your ticket in advance via our web site or from local outlets (see advertisements and web page for details). More than 200 trade stands will be looking to welcome visitors of all tastes and ages. Radio equipment, home improvement, clothing and fashion, hot tubs, camping equipment, sporting gear, combine harvesters and ferrets are listed.

The ever loyal supporters from the agricultural and associated trades are turning out in strength. The very fact that our show retains the one-day status makes it possible for local businesses to be represented and adds to the ‘good day out’ feeling. Horses, particularly local ponies, are entered with the usual enthusiasm . The return of the Monster Trucks is awaited with baited breath. Will Big Pete once more crush all in his path as he grumbles across the arena? You will only know the outcome if you are there on the day! Cont. Page 20.

Do you have an old chair that needs updating? Is it time to replace that dull material with something more elegant? Most people don’t realise that an older piece of furniture can be completely revitalised with an elegant new fabric. Older pieces are generally well made and an updated look may provide new life to that comfortable family heirloom. Paul McLenahan has extensive experience working with fine antiques and woodwork and has been helping East Sussex and Kent residents with their furniture needs since 1982. Paul is committed to high-quality craftsmanship and service. Call for a Free Estimate.

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Enjoy your visit to Heathfield Agricultural Show and good luck to exhibitors. If you have not already visited us, why not pop into our independent Bookshop and Art gallery on the High Street – there is free parking! We provide a free and quick ordering service for books not in stock and can source out of print books. Our stationery stock includes a range of greeting cards that you will not find in large chain stores, many direct from artists. The Art Gallery has work by local artists to suit varying tastes and budgets. Also in stock are colourful wooden jigsaws from Lanka Kade, award winning Carddies boxed colouring sets and jigsaws by Orchard Toys. We aim to provide a friendly and knowledgeable service so come and see usone of many, varied and independently- owned shops, in Heathfield.

cowspigschickensetc.co.uk is the site where you will be able to find all manner of British-crafted and produced artwork, cards, pottery and sculptures (even chocolate!), featuring cows, pigs and chickens (with just a few flowery, countrified items as well). There is a selection of serious and humorous things, chosen to appeal to every taste with items carefully sourced from British craftspeople and artists. Browse our pages to find that perfect, unusual gift for a friend or loved one, and if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, send us an email and we will try to find it for you. sales@cowspigschickensetc.co.uk

What’s On Magazine www.whats-on-magazine.com

NEED MORE SPACE BUT CAN’T AFFORD AN EXTENSION? NFF log cabins are a fraction of the cost and many don’t need planning permission. They are an elegant addition to any home. If you are a therapist why not work from home? Log cabins make relaxing therapy rooms and save the cost of renting a clinic. As guest accommodation they excel and are an obvious choice for holiday lets or ‘teen crash-rooms’. They can have their own space and you can have yours.

Working from home has never been easier. Home office prices start from £1030 (inc VAT). How many BBQ’s get rained off due to the English weather? Invest in some NFF decking along with a pretty summerhouse and you can BBQ all year round. Beside a swimming pool it can double up as a changing room and chill-out space. NFF Ltd has a number of furnished show cabins on display at their Horam premises. These include an art studio/bedsit; a home office/therapy room; a teenagers’ retreat/sleepover pad, a relaxing summerhouse and a stunning Wendy House.

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The AEG mobile cookery unit, which will be positioned next to the food marquee. Visitors to the stand will see live shows with Chef Jules demonstrating induction hob cooking and steam ovens and have the opportunity to have a hands on session where you will have fun and learn new cookery tips and ideas to bring out the budding chef in you. Spaces are limited for the hands on sessions so please call 01435 868586 to secure your place. The highlights of the day for many are the livestock showing rings. Here you will find Cattle competing for best of breed and overall Show Champion, likewise with the Pig and Sheep sections. The pigs are always troublesome when being shown, many preferring to groove their way across the ring with their snouts in the soil - not perhaps the best way of presenting a beautifully turned out pig ready for judging! Food and drink will be readily available to suit all pockets and tastes. There are numerous car park entrances for traffic and plenty of free parking space. Every attendee will have the opportunity of getting a free Show programme. Around the Showground are specific areas of interest. For instance, local producers are present in the Farmers’ Market offering you the opportunity to purchase goods that have travelled no more than 25 miles from their origin. Now, more than ever, it is important to know the provenance of your food, ensuring that ‘you get what it says on the packet’. The much loved Womens’ Institute, more commonly known as the WI, have agreed to stage an exhibition for us this year. The milk&more WI marquee will be offering hands on knitting and crochet advice, demonstrations on vintage hair styles and will be displaying the results of their dressmaking, baking and photography competitions. There will be opportunities for children to participate in making collages and handicraft and, nature willing, there will be a sow and her very newly born piglets snuffling in the corner. Society membership provides a very good deal including ‘forward parking’ and the exclusive use of the Members’ marquee & other benefits. Member plus one guest for £37. The Showground is on the main A265 - 2 miles east of Heathfield at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex. TN21 8UE. Website: www.heathfieldshow.org

Nicholls bros is a local family run business trading for 50 years in the driveway, construction and surfacing industry. We specialize in all driveway finishes, red & black macadam, concrete, block paving or we can brighten up dull and tired old driveways with our hot tar and gravel bonded surface dressing, for a fraction of the cost of a new driveway. Our complete design service includes all necessary preparation, drainage and edging works. Commercial and agricultural areas, such as car parks and farm tracks are also catered for. For a free - no obligation quotation Phone 01424 838350 E:mail nichollsbros@gmail.com

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Two Companies Thriving a

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ew companies can report continued growth during the recent years of recession, but both Padstone Natural Stone Tiles and Ellwoods Plumbing and Heating have managed to ‘buck the trend’ by maintaining and building on their position in the last five years. Padstone are currently investing in the future of their company. They have moved to larger premises at Suite 5, Old Barn Offices, East Guldeford, Nr Rye and are redesigning the new showroom to display a wide range of natural stone tiles. The new showroom has easy parking and while it still has items to be fitted, you are welcome to go along and see a superb range of Natural Stone products. Padstone offers a personal tailored service to each customer ensuring you get the best natural stone product to suit your individual lifestyle. Whatever your property - off-plan, new build or renovation you will find a suitable natural stone material - there are 10

different English Limestones alone, all of which are suitable for your kitchen bathroom, hall or any floor surface. “I recently decided to renovate an en suite bathroom which was just too small for the bedroom it served. With baths increasingly becoming a thing of the past I decided there was a great potential to increase the size of the bathroom and incorporate a walk-in shower area. The resulting bathroom would then be adaptable for everyone and not age restricted. By using a natural stone surface offers good grip, an easy clean surface and will never go out of style. Unlike ceramic tiles which may fade in time, my new bathroom will look as good in ten years as it does today. I chose Padstone to design, supply and fit my natural stone because he has many years experience right from the design stage through to the finished project. There were many different facets of the installation where they were able to offer excellent design advice making the day to day up keep of the bathroom

much more easy and efficient. The result was a boutique style bathroom making full potential of the space available and adding value to the property. I have known Ellwoods Plumbing and Heating since the company started in 2009 and they have always been very proficient with all the jobs I have given them. More recently owner ‘Will’ has expanded the company to a larger team dedicated to bringing you quality plumbing and an excellent customer service at a reasonable rate. The company is now based at The Innovation Center, Castleham Industrial Estate, Hastings and the new team consists of already experienced plumbers together with younger trainees who have undertaken an excellent training programme. Whether your business or home is in need of plumbing services, Ellwoods Plumbing and Heating has the right experience for the job. The team is highly skilled and professional, focused on providing excellent service.

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g and Expanding! Ellwoods team is highly knowledgable in both water and gas service and installation and they will handle any home, business or office plumbing repair or plumbing fixture you may need. Ellwoods provides quotes and free estimates to any of the plumbing service you require. The age-old advice of only hiring someone who’s been recommended is perhaps still the best advice and I would happily recommend both Padstone and Ellwoods Plumbing and Heating. I am confident to go out during the day and leave my home in their hands knowing I can trust them to let themselves in, treat my house with every respect and leave it secure, clean and tidy. The finished bathroom (pictured right) is only about 8ft x 7ft but now looks and feels substantially larger because of the clever design elements incorporated by Padstone and the compact and efficient service installation from Ellwoods.

Anna Townsend Editor: What’s On Magazine

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Sunday 26th May - Monday 27th May:

Medieval Fayre at Battle Abbey Green

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ediaeval Madness is coming to Battle again - the costumes are being dusted down; the maypole has been woken from its yearly hibernation ready for 2 days of merrie maypoling; the exhibitors, entertainers and good weather have all been booked! The entertainment is a mix of juggling, jesting, and general tomfoolery. There will be talks by Hands on History and an opportunity to see and try on mediaeval amour and weaponry. Battle’s very own Knights of the Realm will be strutting their stuff with boo-ing and cheering to encourage them in their chivalrous endeavours. On Monday the May Queen and Dancers from Battle and Langton School will

lead the parade down the High Street at 1 pm accompanied by the Section 5 Drummers. After the crowning of the May Queen at about 1.30 the children will demonstrate how maypoling should be done! 1066 Falconry will be there and 1066 Lacemakers will be demonstrating the delicate art of lacemaking. Our potters will be offering an opportunity for young ones to try throwing a pot, and there will be games and facepainting for the young and the young at heart. All this plus stalls offering tempting trinkets and foods! There is no admission charge and all monies raised go directly to help fund the event which is organised by volunteers from the Battle Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by many local businesses and individuals.

St. Mary’s Nursery: Set amongst trees and woodland, next to Battle’s historic parish Church, St. Mary’s Nursery is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Inside, the light and airy Church Hall (set up by committee through the Church) provides a busy yet homely environment to enable your child to play, learn and achieve, as well as areas for rest and quiet time. The Nursery has a separate kitchen for preparing light meals and snacks and a secure outside play area. The Nursery is accessible to all and is approached via the Church car park, offering a safe place for parents to drop off and collect children. We open 48 weeks a year, with an option to book full or part time places, including term time only.

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Battle Mowers is situated opposite the main line station in the idyllic old market town of Battle with ample parking and offering a wide range of New and Second-hand Mowers with a choice of cylinder, rotary walk behind in either electric or petrol powered or ride on Tractors. Battle Mowers can also offer servicing and cylinder / bottom blade sharpening to major lawn care manufactures products and are main agents for Atco, Bosch, Suffolk Punch, Flymo, Hayter and Toro Lawn care products. We have a workshop that can give the back up and expertise required with a depth of stores to keep any gardening enthusiast going at all times regardless of the weather.

Frances divides her time between working as master stylist in an internationally regarded West End salon and her own Battle-based hair business. Clients receive a bespoke service, from her tastefully presented and fully equipped salon. With more than 25 years of hair styling experience, Frances puts even the most nervous of clients at their ease. “It is important that any client feels relaxed about something as personal as her hair. Inspired styling, attention to detail and excellent listening skills are essential in a stylist.� Likewise a bride’s hair is second only to her wedding dress on this most special of days. Responsible for the hair of high profile clients, Frances offers the necessary reassurance that comes from being in the hands of a skilled and experienced professional.

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BATTLE GOES DANDY THIS SUMMER!

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will include ‘Best Scarecrow Made from Recycled Materials’, ‘Most Imaginative Scarecrow’, ‘Best Children’s Entry’, ’ Best Group of Scarecrows’ and ‘Best Shop Window Display’ amongst others.

The theme for this year is ‘Comic Characters’. If you have a favourite comic personality, whether it is from a children’s publication of from the television, then make a scarecrow resembling that character and enter it for display in the town centre. As in the previous Festivals, there will be prizes for the best! Categories

Entry is simple, just send an email to richardjjessop@hotmail.com or drop a note into the Almonry in the High Street and address it ‘Scarecrow Festival, c/o Battle Town Council, provide your name or your organisation with your contact details and an entry form will be sent to you. The entry fee is just £5 with all proceeds going to ‘Autism Sussex’. We are hoping to help pay for an electronic white

or the fifth year Battle will host a Scarecrow Festival in July. This is being run by The Battle Chamber of Commerce and Battle Town Council with the scarecrows being displayed around the town centre between 1st and 20th July.

board for this charity’s Battle premises. To help you get in the mood, we will again be having a Scarecrow Workshop on the Abbey Green over the May Bank Holiday when the Battle and District Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Medieaval Fayre. This will be a chance for younger children to make their own scarecrow at the Fayre to take home or to have kit to take away and to make later. The cost of these scarecrows will be just £4. So, join in our Beano and have a great summer in Battle!

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Sat. 11th May - Ore Village Fair Outside at the Ore Centre, 455 Old London Road, Hastings. Free entry. Lots of attractions including live music and barbecue. See main ad. on p 49.

Sat 11th May - T. Wells Farmers Market

Outside the Town Hall, Civic Way, T. Wells. Around 40 stalls covering the whole range of local foods. 01892 554244.

Sat. 11th & 12th May - Square Piano Weekend

At Finchcocks Musical Museum, Riseden, near Goudhurst. This is not an event for experts just anyone interested. friends.sp@btinternet.com

Sat 11th May - Stars in Around

At the Royal Albert Hall at 6.30pm. Some of the best dance schools from across the UK perform a variety of exciting disciplines. 0207 589 8212.

Sat 11th May - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. North Londoner Simon Clayton’s subject matter is simple - it involves being fat, mixed race, married, balding because that is what he is, and anything else that currently makes him laugh. 01892 678678.

Sat. 11th May - The Deets/Otti Albietz

tortoises, meerkats, parrots, owls, plus lots more unusual animals. www.londonpetshow.co.uk

Sat. 11th May - EVENTS Coffee Morning

At The Body Junction, 3 Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill. 11am. 10am-12noon Lots of Special Offers: Asquith clothes, Blaze Jewellery, Scarves, Katies Originals, “You are my Sunshine” (Gifts & Bits for your garden) & lots more. See main advertisement on page 65.

Sat. 11th May - Annual Plant Market

At Seddlescombe Village Hall from 10.30am - 12.30pm. vegetables, shrubs, hanging baskets, refreshments available.

Sat. 11th May - 20130511 - Editions Mego 170

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The night will consist of 2 rooms of the ultimate exploratory, up to the minute electronic music and dj’s in the bar: Mat Steel. All ticket holders get a free CD compilation with exclusive tracks by everyone involved. This will not go into distribution. Tickets: £30.50 01424 229111.

Sat. 11th May - Headcorn Farmers Market

At the New Village Hall off High Street, Headcorn. 9.30am - 12.30pm.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Enjoy a breakfast at Trinity’s cafe and listen to some free music entertainment.

Sat. 11th May - Voulez Vouz

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Abba Tribute.

Sun. 12th May - The 3rd Ixion Cavalcade

Sat. 11th & 12th May - Southern At War Weekend

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. The railway turns the clocks back to the days of the Second World War with attractions and theamed events throughout the weekend. 01825 720800.

Sat. 11th May - Blues from the USA, Larry Garner with his band

At St. Barnabus Church, Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. See 50+ historic motorcycles, some over 100 years old, free at 10am or 12.30pm for the start and return of the Cavalcade. A celebration of Bexhill’s Biking Vicar during the 20’s and 30’s. 01424 211873.

Sun. 12th May - Choir Concert

At the Hailsham pavilion at 7.30pm. With a dozen albums to his credit and thousands of blues miles travelled, New Orleans born Larry Garner is without doubt one of the world’s top contemporary bluesmen. Seats £19.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 11th & 12th May - London Pet Show

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At Earls Court 2, London at 9.30am - 5pm. The London Pet Show will be the biggest show ever with animals, bigger displays and better viewing. It’s the perfect opportunity to get up close with micro pigs, pygmy hedgehogs,

At St. Dunstans Church, Mayfield by the Mayfield Festival Choir. ‘Between Heaven and Earth’. Prog. includes Faure’s Requiem and works by Mozart Dufay and Britten. www.mayfieldfestivalchoir.co.uk

Sun. 12th May - Jazz Breakfast

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. The Buster Birch Quartet play and provide music for 1924 silent movie Sherlock JR. £8.00. 01424 442601.

Sun. 12th May - Tonbridge Farmers Market

At Sovereign Way, Tonbridge, TN9 1RG. 9.30am - 1.30pm.

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Food & Drink

Callenders Restaurant We were over in Hailsham last week doing the weekly shop and decided to pop into Callenders for a spot of lunch. I love fresh fish so I was delighted to see “Grilled Lemon sole from Newhaven” on their impressive specials board. The Mrs opted for the Chargrilled Halloumi Salad which she said was the perfect light lunch with the homemade bread and a large glass of Pinot. My fish was fantastic too. Before leaving we paid the bill, a very reasonable £19.95, and booked a table for the following evening (I had my eye on the 16 oz. T-Bone steak). It’s so nice to finally have somewhere on our doorstep that does top quality fresh food. And with all the free parking in Hailsham it’s perfect for when friends visit too.

Sun. 12th May - Hastings Runners 5 Mile

At Town Hall, Hastings, TN34 1QR 10.30am. A flat, fast and scenic certified course, running along the seafront, starting and finishing in Hastings town centre. Race is a Sussex Grand Prix Event. Entries must be 15yrs +. £100 for setting a new course record. http://www.hastings5milerace.co.uk

Sun. 12th May - Windmill Open Day

At Windmill Hill, Windmill on the A271 between Herstmonceux and Boreham Street from 10.30am - 5pm. Tours Stationary engine displays, barbecue with local sausages and burgers, teas, plants and other attractions. Long Man Morris men at 3.30pm. Classic cars on the green. Free parking. Entry by donation. 01323 833 033.

Sun. 12th May - Horn Trio

At Vinehall School Theatre, Robertsbridge. David Pyatt (Horn), Leon McCawley (Piano), Lucy Gould (Violin) perform works by Haydn, Brahms etc. 01580 883092.

Anthony Bailey Catering offers you and your guests a wonderful, unique array of delicious, fresh, authentic and healthy fare including fresh fish local steak and Rye Bay Scallops. Also catering for special dietary requirements. Anthony has many years experience in the catering trade and formally managed The Riverside Haven Restaurant in Rye. In his early career he worked for the Royal Navy which included service on the Royal Yacht. The company has more recently provided catering for the film production company ‘Aquafilms’ and can provide all your outside catering needs corporate catering, meetings, conferences, classes, company retreats, BBQ’s, picnics, special events and occasions, public and private engagements, receptions, celebration of life and memorial observances, social functions, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. They offer a popular, diverse variety of delightfully delectable dishes and have an enthusiastic commitment to quality, taste, professionalism, and polish.

Sun. 12th May - Wedding Showcase

At Leeford Place Hotel Whatlington Road, Battle, E Sussex TN33 0ND 11am-4pm. Free Entry. First 100 guests receive a free goody bag. 01424 870438. www.tandsevents.moonfruit.com See page 57.

Sun. 12th May - The Baby and Toddler Show

At the Kent showground, Detling, Maidstone. Open 10am - 4pm. www.kentbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk

Sun. 12th May - Alice in Wonderland Ballet

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. Tickets £20.00. 01892 530613.

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The White Horse Pub & Dining, Hurst Green 01580 860 235 www.thewhitehorsehurstgreen.com

MEET, EAT AND DRINK

MAY SPECIAL OFFER

TWO MAIN COURSES FOR ONE Available Monday to Friday evening in MAY (excluding Jazz Night) from the a La Carte menu, main course only. One Beef Fillet per couple. The cheaper Main Course is Free.

Why not join us for a drink? We offer a great selection of Beers, Ales and Wine by the glass.

Enjoy our garden terrace with beautiful views accross the Weald.

To qualify for this offer you must prebook your table in advance and mention this offer, you must order a minimum of 2 courses per person. (main course with starter or dessert).

Set Lunch Menu

£10 for 2 Courses

Available Mon. to Sat. lunch - Choice of 3 starters and 3 mains

Wagyu Beef Burgers Wagyu beef ‘caviar of meats’ is back at The White Horse

Wagyu meat is highly sought after, but until now, only imported cuts were being served in select few restaurants. Full blood Wagyu cows have free range to graze the clover rich pasture at the farm between the Spring and Autumn months. Specific farming practices means the meat achieves the same eating quality as the Kobe beef of Japan. The meat has a distinct “marbling” – the effect of adding fat, and flavour to the joint. Fat is what holds all the flavour in a peice of beef and gives a lovely taste when cooked. The White Horse is the only place you can order pure breed Wagyu in Sussex. Harrods have long been selling the Japanese delicacy - also known as Kobe beef - at £200 per kilo. But now you can have a Wagyu burger and chips for just £13.95 at The White Horse.

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St Michaels Butchery is a well-established and friendly Butchers situated in St Michaels, Tenterden. Alongside a traditional range of meats St Michaels Butchery specialises in more exotic meats including Bison, Crocodile, Spring Bok, Kangaroo, Wild Boar, Venison and Veal. Above all you can be assured that the meat you buy will always be of the best quality and taste amazing. You will know exactly where it has come from.

Mon. 13th May - Good Planting At Great Dixter Gardens, Northiam. A study day in the house and gardens lead by head gardener Fergus Garrett. 10am - 4.30pm. £100.00 per person. The aim is to bring you closer to designing your borders and associating plants with ease. 01797 252878. Ext. 3.

Mon. 13th May - Chas and Dave

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. £24.00. 01892 530613.

Mon. 13th May - Big Reunion

At the Brighton Centre. 7.30pm. All six acts from the hit TV show will be hitting the road this May to wow audiences. 5ive, Atomic Kitten, B’witched, LibertyX, 911, Honeyz £30.00. 01273 290131. This show is also on at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday 14th May. 0844 856 0202.

Mon. 13th - 18th May - Thriller Live

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Moonwalking its way around the world, award-winning director Gary Lloyd’s Thriller Live brings to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael and the Jackson 5. Tickets £15 to £29.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 14th - 18th May - Casus: Knee Deep

At the Theatre Royal Brighton at 7.30pm. Sat. Mat: 2.30pm. Four performers explore the boundaries of strength and tenderness. Bodies are pushed and pulled, weighed and tested, probing the limits of both physicality and feeling. £11 to £21. 0844 871 7627.

Tues. 14th - 18th May - Carnaby Street

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. Tickets £19 to £27.50. Set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the sixties, its iconic clubs, fashion and characters, Carnaby Street is the real musical story of a generation. Jam packed with over 30 classic hits from the time. 01892 530613.

Wed. 15th May - Complete Works of Shakespeare

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The Reduced Shakespeare Company with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised). An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. 01892 678678.

Wed. 15th - 18th May - Spirit of Summer Fair

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. Visit Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia Grand to discover boutique designers hand-picked for their quality and originality in association with House & Garden, discover stunning interior and garden decorations, striking fashion accessories, gorgeous children’s clothing, perfect summer gifts and gourmet food and wine.www. spiritofsummerfair.co.uk Ticket Hotline: 0844 412 4623

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Old Fashioned Quality and Service at Mrs Burton’s

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rs Burtons want their customers to feel like they are coming home for a special family meal. This very friendly tearoom and restaurant offer a wide range of delicious food cooked on the premises by their Five Star chef Steve. Their daytime menu includes everything from breakfasts, light lunches and main meals to home made scones, cakes, desserts, high teas and cream teas. For a week-night treat or a special evening out try their evening menu served from 6pm to 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The evening menu offers such delights as good old fashioned Lamb Hot Pot, Beef and Ale Cobbler and Fish Pie plus a fantastic range of starters and desserts all made on

the premises from fresh local ingredients. Mrs Burton’s want every visitor to enjoy their visit and pride themselves on the fact that their menu can be adjusted to suit a gluten free or dairy free diet. They also work closely with local supplier Cooden Cellars to provide an excellent range

of wine, local cider and beer and have an impressive list of tantalising cocktails to get your evening off to a good start. This summer you can enjoy a cocktails and tapas menu from 4pm to 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and some jugs of cocktails are available all day when ordered with food.

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Simon Rimmer Simon Rimmer is the chef and co-presenter of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, the popular weekly show which wakes the nation up on a Sunday morning with a mix of celebrity guests, food and music. Simon has a wealth of TV experience, and has appeared across many channels including BBC, ITV, C4, C5 and UKTV. Simon’s popularity really took off when he landed a role on the BBC2 Sunday show - ‘Something for the Weekend’, where he cooked and interviewed guests. He has presented and cooked across many shows and his numerous credits include Great British Waste Menu, Meals in Moments, The One Show, Breaking into Tesco, Recipe for Success and This Little Farmer went to Market. To add to his talents, Simon has written and published six successful books, which continue to sell well. His latest, Men Love Pies, Women Like Hummus has just been published. Simon also regularly contributes to food magazines including Delicious, Olive, BBC Good Food Magazine and Vegetarian Living. Simon is a firm favourite at food festivals and demonstrations across the country. He has in the past appeared at BBC Good Food Show and Grand Designs, as well as many local and regional events across the UK. Aside from his hectic filming schedule Simon is Chef patron of

his two award-winning restaurants in Manchester; Greens and Earle. As a restaurateur this is where Simon’s real passion for food began, and he continues to cook in the restaurants every week which he enjoys immensely – and which also keeps him in touch with the culinary trends of the moment. Away from television, Simon is a huge football fan and he is involved with Manchester City Football Academy teaching young up and coming players, about eating, nutrition and cooking at specially designed cookery courses. Simon is married, has two children and lives in Manchester.

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en Loves Pies, Girls Love Hummus is the perfect combination of delicious, modern dishes, personal anecdotes and the approachable laid back voice that has made Simon so popular around the UK. With chapters including ‘Tim hates coriander’, I like prawns but they don’t like me’ and ‘A muckment of sauce’, Simon brings his inimitable style to the table and creates a variety of dishes that will please everyone including your parents, unexpected visitors, your partner and your friends. With entertaining friends and family at home becoming increasingly popular, there’s big demand for quick, simple dishes that are still suitable for special occasions and impressing guests, and Simon does not let you down! This is Simon Rimmer at his best – scrumptious, unfussy, satisfying meals to share for all occasions. What’s On Magazine met up with Simon to talk about his new book and his recent move into the world of brewing! Simon, could you tell us about the new book? Well, it’s my fifth book and all the other books that I have written fall into the traditional role of starters, main courses, side dishes, puddings etc. This one really started from stories. It stems from things over the years that have amused me, so all the chapter headings are based around that. For instance there is a story about my dad and his reluctance to accept that you can make money

out of sandwiches. Another is the story that Tim Lovejoy hates corriander, the desserts chapter is titled ‘the pastries are assumed’ which comes from the story of an Irish friend of mine who was a great story teller and talked about going back home to Ireland and where ever he would go there would always be a big spread of food. Because the stories were the starting point it’s probably the easiest book I have ever written. You are well known for your vegetarian recipes, how many of these are in the book? There is a whole chapter about it and all the desserts with the exception of one are vegetarian. It is always important to me to have vegetarian recipes in there whatever I do. Are you finding the vegetarian sector still growing? Yes I think it is still growing but the difference now is that when I wrote my first book there were very few normal cookery books which featured vegetarian recipes whereas now they feature in all good recipe books. I don’t think people are catering specifically for vegetarians, I think it is just that eating habits have changed and people are more likely to eat a dish without any meat in it simply because it is a great dish. What about the gluten free sector of the market? Yes that is an interesting sector and there are recipes that would fit into that but not necessarily intentionally. I think there are two issues here, there are some people that cannot eat it because they have a serious allergy and there are others who have realised that cutting down gluten actually makes you feel better. There is an aweful lot of research which shows that cutting down on wheat based products improves your general wellbeing. The incidences of bowel and digestive related illnesses is far less in South East Asia which is a rice based culture than in Western Europe which is a wheat based culture. You are doing alot more presenting since your move from ‘Something for the Weekend’ to ‘Sunday Brunch’ , how did that come about? It really just came from Channel 4, they just wanted it to be just Tim and I presenting it which meant more presenting on my part. It took me out of my comfort zone to a certain extent but I had presented other television shows before that. I found it quite difficult for the first three months but now I have settled into it, it’s become second nature and I really enjoy it. You recently presented part of the show from the Grand National, are you a horse racing fan? I am quite interested in it and a couple of mates of mine actually own racehorses but I actually had to leave the race before it started because I had to get back to London to record the Sunday morning programme. You interviewed Katherine Jenkins while you were at the National, had you met her before? Yes I met her a few times, I think she is great, you always imagine that somebody who has that type of fame and expertise could perhaps be a bit of a diva, but she is just incredibly nice and really down to earth.

Simon Rimmer with What’s On Editor

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You obviously get on really well with your co presenter Tim Lovejoy, is he a similar character to you? I think we are quite similar in terms of things that matter to us. We are both dads and we both care massively about our kids, we love our football, we don’t particularly take ourselves too seriously so we are quite similar in that respect. Equally I think we are different enough so that we don’t tread on each others toes and we know what makes each other ‘tick’. How did the development of your new beer come about? That came from a real desire from the customer’s in my restaurants to experiment with beer and food matching. There has been a big rise in British craft beers in the last five to ten years and as a result of that, rather than having bland mid range beers, all of a sudden there are fantastic new flavours which work really well with different foods. I had been working with the brewery ‘Robinsons’ on their food side for some time so I approached them and said that I thought there was an opportunity to be explored. We now have a beer to go with steak and red meat, a beer to go with chicken and fish and a beer to go with curry and spicy food. Hopefully it will not only sell beer for me but will increase the awareness that British beer is really fantastic. The labels on my bottles have got peel off backs on them with recipes and details of the website which has another two hundred or so other recipes to try. Had you tried them in your restaurant before they were launched? No it was purely on tasting panels at the brewery, there are all sorts of health and safety issues so you cannot try them out on unsuspecting diners. You seem to be going through a beard phase at the moment and the picture on the bottle has you clean shaven, will you have to go back to that now that the beer is on sale? I think that I will have to go round the two hundred and fifty thousand bottles that we bottled last week and draw a beard on them with my marker pen!! I have actually taken the beard back quite a lot now, I started to look abit more hobo than cool and sophisticated so I must keep it trimmed and shaped. You have previously worked in the Caribbean, do you still enjoy travel? Travel is my biggest luxury and if I had countless amounts of money travel would be my biggest luxury. I try and go to New York at least once a year because I always find it quite inspiring. You can basically eat your way around the world when you are in New

York without leaving Manhattan, so new styles and trends show themselves here first probably two or three years ahead of the UK. I am also planning to go to Italy this summer. How much time you do spend in your two restaurants? At least three days a week so I still have a proper job and they are only fifteen miles apart so that’s quite convenient. Tim mentioned on the show the other week that you are a part time D.J is that correct? Yes, I do a thing called ‘Bop Local’ which was set up by some friends of mine. The premise, was that old farts like us who still like their music but didn’t want to go to a nightclub with twenty year olds, could still meet and enjoy music. It finishes at 2am so it is not too late, it’s local so you can walk home, and we can play the type of music we like which gave me the opportunity to do a guest set. What type of music do you enjoy? It is quite eclectic really, anything from Northern soul to a bit of disco or Indie classics perhaps a bit of R’n’B, I suppose it’s music for middle aged people who probably should know better.

Thank You Simon

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A ‘bald’ new concept from Simon Rimmer Much has been written about matching food with wine. But what about our national tipple, beer? Despite the growing trend to match beer with food, you’d be hard pushed to find a beer which has actually been brewed to go expressly with food… until now! Highly acclaimed celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Rimmer has teamed up with legendary award winning family brewers Robinsons to create three very unique bottled beers, specially handcrafted, to go with steak, chicken and curry. Established chef and broadcaster, Simon Rimmer is well-known and loved for his culinary talents; owning highly successful vegetarian restaurant – Greens – in Manchester and Earle, a modern brassiere in Cheshire, selling over 100,000 copies of his delectable cookbooks, and co-presenting on Channel 4’s ever-popular Sunday Brunch with Tim Lovejoy.

in Stockport for more than 175 years. Robinsons are probably best known for their legendary ‘Old Tom’ strong ale, which has been voted ‘World’s Best Beer’ by the international Beers of the World publication, but in the last 12 months it is authenticity which has been brewing success for the Cheshire family brewers, namely in the form of their newer brands Dizzy Blonde and ‘build a rocket boys!’ beer which they produced in partnership with Manchester band elbow. Simon says “Robinsons were the ideal partner being so close to Manchester, of excellent reputation, and most importantly an independent family-run brewery who share my passion for beer and food innovation.” The new beer range is being brewed to Simon’s own specifications after a series of beer tastings at the brewery. Simon sampled a range of Robinsons’ ales to shortlist his preferred style of beer, taste and colour before deciding on three distinctive styles to go perfectly with steak, chicken and curry. Simon Rimmer’s trio range will be aimed at men and women, both as purchasers and drinkers, available in bottle only, and on the back of each bottle there will be a recipe to complement each beer. John Robinson, Brand Manager at Robinsons Brewery said “We are delighted to partner Simon Rimmer – not only does he genuinely enjoy a good pint of cask ale, but his target audience comfortably fit the profile of our core customers. This new range is moving beer into a different arena; and for the first time is designed for the consumer to specifically enjoy with food. This is the perfect platform to exhibit our passion for beer and food matching.” With more than 360 pubs across Cheshire, Cumbria and north Wales, Derbyshire and the North West, food and beer matching has always been an integral part of the Robinsons concept and they even host an annual ‘Have you got the bottle?’ Chef’s Challenge designed to inspire innovation with beer across their pub estate. Together, the culinary connoisseur and the unshakable ‘beeroisseurs’ are proving that beer is the new wine and hops are the new grapes.

Tasting Notes – A Beer to go with Chicken:

A vibrant zesty little number- absolutely bursting with Amarillo citrus hop ending with a crisp dry sweet lemon finish.

Tasting Notes – A Beer to go with Steak:

A big intense beer handcrafted to heighten the finest flavours of a big juicy steak. This rich ruby red ale is jam packed with toffee and roasted biscuity malts, adding a depth of flavour that will leave you (and your guests) wanting more…

But as Simon launches his fifth cookery book , and Sunday Brunch celebrates its first anniversary, Simon has also launched his very own beer in collaboration with Robinsons. “Every bloke wants to create his own perfect pint... I’m the luckiest bloke in the world because I get to create three,” says Simon. “Not only can beer be used as a key ingredient in a wide range of recipes, but it is also a great accompaniment to enjoy alongside our favourite dishes; complementing and bringing out the very best flavours in our food as the world’s best wines do. The subtleties of beer are perfect for complex food matching.”

Tasting Notes – A Beer to go with Curry:

A unique craft lager brewed with rice and a fab mix of Stellar and Cascade hops, crisp and clean with hints of lemon grass and lime which has been perfectly created by Simon to cut through chilli heat and experience a smooth and tasty lemony aromatic finish.

Simon’s fifth book Men Love Pies, Girls Like Hummus is out now (Mitchell Beazley, £16.99 www. octopusbooks.co.uk ) and his new range of beer is available in selected Morrisons stores across the UK.

The beer is being brewed by Robinsons, one of Britain’s most respected independent family-owned brewers, who have been brewing award-winning beers from their Unicorn Brewery based

www.simonrimmerbeers.com

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Beer and Cider by The Sea Friday 24th -26th May 2013

Manon Cotes de Provence Rose – Nectar of the Gods

Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront, BN21 4EE Tickets: 01323 412000 www.visiteastbourne.com Eastbourne’s Seafront plays host to the South Coast’s newest food and drink festival this May, as ‘Beer and Cider by the Sea’ kicks off a three day extravaganza to tantalise the taste buds. From Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May, real ale and cider lovers can sample around 100 real ales, ciders and perries. Providing a culinary twist, former Masterchef winner Peter Bayless will provide the perfect accompaniment with demonstrations of food and drink matched dishes. Real ale fans can also discover the secrets behind the perfect brew in a tasted beer talk on Sunday from Jamie Simm, Head Brewer at Long Man Brewery. The Festival Stage will provide great entertainment from live bands over the weekend, including music from the Tar Babies, Dirty Martini Swing Band and more!

Wed. 15th May - Film Music Gala At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra pays homage magnificent film music. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 15th & 16th May - Caffe Culture

At Olympia National Hall, London. The Caffè Culture Show is the leading trade event exclusively catering for the UK’s café bar market. Hosting over 200 of the industry’s major international brands, alongside smaller independent suppliers, the show offers visitors the complete range of products and services that every café bar needs. caffecultureshow.com

Wed. 15th - 18th May - Some Like it Hotter

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Daring dialogue, razor-sharp wisecracks and sparkling musical numbers make a snappy musical comedy that looks wryly at the power of celebrities over the public – both in life and death. Evenings 7.45pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm 01323 412000.

Rose is now all of a sudden fashionable again. In fact, almost anything, pink in a glass is in demand and it seems that this demand is not just relegated to the summer months. Oh, no sales of the pink stuff are holding up right through the year. Yes the whole country is awash in pink. But is there any rose like Provence Rose? Being in the wine trade we get to try rose wine from all over the world but it has to be said that most of it isn’t very good. However, Cotes de Provence stands head and shoulders above the rest. In fact, a good rose should not be seen as a cheap alternative to red or white wine. But the wine of choice to go with a wide variety of different dishes. It can cope with heavily dressed salads, dips, olives, grilled meats, sauces and pickles and strong full flavoured sauces and it shows it versatility when partnered with fish and seafood. Manon is the quintessential Cotes de Provence Rose and considered to be by many one of the very best available. You will notice first the very pale colour. The first indication that this is lip smackingly dry. And indeed it is. Balanced out by superbly balanced natural acidity and restrained citrus fruits. Two lines of alcohol with a pure line of fruit running through the centre! What could be better than a bottle of Manon Cotes de Provence Rose? Nothing, except a magnum of it!

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Gig Guide The Bull Inn, 27 High St, Battle. 01424 775171 Wednesday 1st May Spanish Food Theme Night with live music from Phil Trainor THURSDAY 23rd May Chocolate & Cheese Food Theme Night with live music from the Victoria Howarth Quintet. 5th June Cajun Night with live music from Cut The Shuffle. Food Served from 6.00pm till 9.00pm with Specials Boards available, music from 8.30pm 15th & 29th May - Jammin Karaoke every friday with Pinkie and the Brain The Grey Lady - Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells. 01892 544700 Fri. 3rd May - Ray Rich Band Sat. 4th May - Over the Edge. Sun. 5th May - Jazz Thurs. 9th May - Ozignation. Fri. 10th May - Betts and the Boys Sat. 11th May - The Chill Billies. Thurs. 16th May - American Night Fri. 17th May - Volare Trio. Sat. 18th May - Lex Cameron Band Fri. 24th May - Tim Hain and Jam Side Up Sat. 25th May - Heads South. The Royal British Legion, London Road, Bexhill Tel. 01424 435844 First Monday every month - Members and guests always welcome. Creole Jazz plus talented guests from 8pm - 10.30pm. Great traditional jazz, fabulous beer and good company.

Fri. 10th May - Pearly Cubes. Sat. 11th May - Tortoisehead Sun. 12th May - Lunchtime Assorted Nuts Tues. 14th May - Folk and Blues Night Fri. 17th May - Supersaurus Sat. 18th May - Paula nd Paul. Sun. 19th May - Lunchtiime Savannah Fri. 24th May - The Big Kahuna. Sat. 25th May - Foul Play. Sun. 26th May - Lunchtime Savannah Mon. 27th May - Touchstone. Tues. 28th Mya - Folk and Blues. Fri. 31st May - English Rogues. Sat. 1st June - Fat Belly Jones. Sun. 2nd June - Lunchtime Assorted Nuts Blues with Bottle Club http://www.blueswithbottleclub.co.uk The Anchor, 32 London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1AS Wednesday 15 May - Top Topham & Bob Hall Amazing ex-Yardbirds singer & guitarist with boogie-woogie impresario... Wednesday 29 May - Birthday Blues Bash with Nigel Bagge & Eddie Armer Especially for Geminis - but others welcome (especially if they buy us a birthday drink) with Nigel’s smoky vocals, incredible slide & fingerpicking, and Eddie’s expert harp and vocals... Wednesday 5 June - Willie & The Bandits Younger than average, energetic, with their own special edgy take on the blues... 1066 Jazz Club At Azur, Marina Pavillion, Marina, Hastings. Friday 3 May The Liberty Hall Jazz Band Friday 10 May Golden Eagle Jazz Friday 17 May Jeremy Huggett’s Harlem Five Friday 24 May Dennis Armstrong’s Great Northern Jazz Band Friday 31 May Les Hanscombe’s Tailgate Jazz Band www.1066jazclub.co.uk

The Six Bells Chiddingly Tel: 01825 872227 Fri. 3rd May - Eugenix. Sat. 4th May - TBC Sun. 5th May - Lunchtime Assorted Nuts Mon. 6th May - Jazz Funk Fusion

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ocated in the heart of the Historic Old Town of Hastings, Black Pearl offers Available Monday to Thursday evenings. quality cuisine in a charming atmosphere. Offering complete meals from only £5.50 The ground floor wine bar has an You can also enjoy selections from our new a La Carte menu. For your starter try our tiger prawns informal and vibrant atmosphere, with chorizo, chilli and garlic dish or the herbed Ewe’s cheese soufflé or perhaps the crispy chicken whilst the tastefully decorated & thigh with Crayfish tail stuffing plate. cozy first floor dining rooms offer an Main course selections include a grilled 8oz Sirloin steak or Fillet steak, a roasted local Turbot, Duck intimate hideaway that’s perfect for breast and confit leg and a wild mushroom and wild garlic roulade. Tempting desserts include the indulgent dining. popular Peanut Butter Parfait with Banana, Malt Crunch and Butterscotch. The menus and the daily specials include a varied selection of dishes which cater for fish and meat lovers as well as vegetarians.

Enjoy Black Pearls New Season Midweek Menu

Read the latest Black Pearl reviews on tripadvisor “Great food!” 4/5 Reviewed 12 April 2013 Recently went for a meal at the Black Pearl over the Easter Bank Holiday. Food was delicious! Recommend the peanut parfait - YUMMY! All menus, vouchers and offers can be found on the Black Pearl website. If you haven’t visited Black Pearl yet, why not treat yourself to an evening at Black Pearl. You may be pleasantly surprised...

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Thurs. 16th May - Craft and Gift Fair At the Mansion (Lions) Hotel, Eastbourne seafront from 10am - 3pm. An exciting new event for Eastbourne held every Thursday. Free admission. See advertisement on page 50.

Thurs. 16th May - NT Live - This House

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules. Tickets: £10.00 - £12.00. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 16th May - Back in the Room May

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Songs, sketches, surprises and stand up with special guests including Malcolm Head, David Trent, Big Hands Men and… Andrew O’Neill - Star of Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Tickets £10 in Advance. £12 on the door. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 16th May - The Amara Flute & Harp Duo

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. A mixture of genres ranging from contemporary to classical. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 16th May - Sex, Drugs and Music Hall

At Battle Museum at 7pm. One book, two actors, three generations, four true life stories. Insight into the interracial mixing in the UK based on diaries of controversial pentecostalist Thomas Brem Wilson. 01424 775955.

Thurs. 16th May - McFly

At the Brighton Centre, 6.30pm. Tickets £27.50. McFly are undoubtedly one of the most significant pop groups of the past decade. 01273 290131.

Thurs. 16th May - From Dublin’s Fair City The Fureys and Davey Arthur

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination, this hard working band has regularly received standng ovations in most of the worlds major concert halls. Seats £21.50. 01323 841414.

Thurs. 16th May - Battle Abbey

At the Memorial Hall, Battle at 7.30pm. A talk by John Goodall on Battle Abbey for the Battle and District Historical Society. £3.00 on the door.

Fri. 17th May - Eric Clapton

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. The legendary guitarist returns celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 18th May - Orpheus at Trinity

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. An inspiring evening celebrating the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus male voice choirs 75 years of choral excellence. 01892 678678.

Sat. 18th May - Milkshake - Live

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 1pm and 3.30pm. The all-singing, all-dancing live stage show will star Milkshake! favorites Little Princess and Scruff, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Roary and Big Chris, Fifi and Bumble and B1 and B2 - the Bananas in Pyjamas. £13.00. 01424 462288.

Sat. 18th & 19th May Bexhill Anglo Continental Market

At Devonshire Road, Bexhill on sea from 9am - 5pm. Now in it’s 15th year the market is popular with both shoppers and traders. See advertisement and feature on pages 16 and 17.

Sat. 18th May - Armed Forces Day

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge. Come and celebrate Armed Forces day with the Bodiam militia. Learn about medieval armour and fighting techniques and find out if you have what it takes to be a medieval knight or soldier of fortune like the castle founder Sir Edward Dallingridge. 01580 830196. Hope Cottage Farm Shop and Tearoom. Offering a wide choice of fresh fruit and vegetables plus lots more. Sit in the comfort of the cosy tearoom and sample the scrumptious homemade cakes and pastries. Tearoom open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3.30pm Sunday. High Tea Weekend Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May. Enjoy a cream tea or book their mouth-watering high tea served on a traditional three - tier cake stand and a pretty crockery tea set. Enjoy a selection of delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes and a big pot of tea at £10.00 per person. Please book 24 hours in advance. They also offer a superb selection of quality local produce to include yummy jams, marmalades and chutneys., Delicious dressings, oils and vinegars. Tasty meat, game, poultry and free range eggs. Browse their selection of locally made cards, crafts and jewellery. They also stock a wide range of horse, farmyard, dog and wild bird feeds.

Sat. 18th May - Tropicana Nights

At The White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall, Hastings at 8.30pm. Time to dig out those eighties fashions and restyle your hair as The White Rock ‘Steps back in Time’ Totally retro and full of your favourite 80s anthems, our DJ will have you partying the night away in our transformed 80s paradise. Prizes for the best-dressed! Over 25’s £8 01424 462288.

Sat. 18th May - Wellbeing Fair

At Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, TN21 0XG. taster Therapy sessions from £5 (incl. massage, facials and reflexology). Gift stalls and health products on sale. Refreshments. Entry £2. Tel: 01435 812997 - Horam Natural Therapy Centre.

Sat. 18th May - Battle Farmers Market

On the Abbey Green, Battle from 9am - 1pm. 01797 222875. Held on the third Saturday of every month.

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Sat. 18th May - J. S Bach Mass in B Minor At Christchurch, Silchester Road, St Leonards On Sea, TN37 6GL Performed by the Battle Choral Society at 7.30pm. Director of music: John Langridge. Tickets £15. 01424 870862. See details on page 46.

Sat. 18th May John Williams and Richard Harvey in Concert

At Eastbourne Town Hall at 7.30pm. John Williams who is undoutedly one of the world’s most respected and celebrated guitarists is joined by multi instrumentalist Richard Harvey as part of their world tour. £22.50 and £24.50 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 18th May - Channel 4 Comedy Gala

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Join Adam Hills, Alan Carr, Diversity, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jo Brand, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart, Nina Conti, Jon Richardson, Noel Fielding, Paddy McGuinness, Paul Chowdhry, Rhod Gilbert, Rich Hall, Seann Walsh, Tom Stade, Warwick Davis and many more for the biggest annual comedy event of the year. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 18th May-Norman Conquest Endurance Run

At Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye, TN31 7LE. 9am. The 50 mile point-to-point route begins in Ashdown Forest. Runners are transferred by bus, from Rye to the starting point. The route features total ascent in the region of 3,750ft (1,150m) time limit of 15 hours. http://ultra-trails.com

Sat. 18th May - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market On the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells at 9am - 2pm. 07902 215942.

Sat. 18th May - The Supercar Seige

At Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent ME17 1PL Tel: 01622 765400. The cars of your dreams on the castle lawns - and you can even ride in one, for a donation to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund.

Sun. 19th May - Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The two multi-award winners have mustered an all-star band, featuring many of the leading figures from their careers, for a one-off tour. Eliza and Jim will play career-spanning Best Of sets in a spectacular, once in a lifetime show. £18.50 01424 229111.

Brede Farmers’ Market Celebrates Local Products Brede Farmers’ Market has been running every Friday morning in Brede Village Hall for over 12 years bringing you local products for local people. Pork and free range eggs are from Winchelsea Beach, lamb from Sedlescombe, free range chicken from Peasmarsh and smoked, wild game from Northiam. Milk, (including raw milk) yoghurt and cream from Westfield, fruit and vegetables from farms in Icklesham, Iden and Bodiam. Fish comes from Rye Harbour. Bread from Rye along with homemade quiches and savouries from Broad Oak. If you want to spice up your local food then you can buy spices and oils blended in Westfield all washed down with apple juice from Brede. Jams and preserves are made in Rolvenden. Seasonal plants are available all year. Crafts include handmade soap, greetings cards and decorated glass. Your furniture can also be re-upholstered or restored. Tea, filter coffee and hot chocolate are available.

The proceeds, (over £14,700 so far), go to local charities. There is a misconception that Farmers’ Markets are expensive. Not so, our prices often come in below or on a par with supermarket prices!

CELEBRATING 13 YEARS ON 14th JUNE

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Fashion

Sun. 19th May - Birds of Prey and Archery SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY and with a couple of Bank Holidays May is always a month to look forward to. Whether you are planning a trip away or enjoying what the UK has to offer, you are sure to need a few new items to liven up your Summer wardrobe. HALO stocks a wide range of styles and brands to suit all tastes and budgets and the friendly staff are always on hand to offer any help or advice you may need. There are lots of gorgeous colours to choose from this season ranging from bright coral through soft peachy pink to fresh mint and bold blues at the other end of the spectrum. Maxi dresses remain on trend and offer an ideal solution to those not keen to bare winter white legs just yet! With fresh stock being delivered several times a week and new brands being added for this season HALO is well worth a visit whether you are looking for a new outfit for yourself or a gift for a loved one. Why not “like” Halo’s Facebook page for the very latest they have to offer!

Sun. 19th May Brownbread Horse Rescue Centre Open Day At the Brownbread Horse Rescue Centre, Brownbread Street, Ashburnham Battle East Sussex TN33 9NX. 10.30am - 4pm. The Rescue Centre holds its Open Day with stalls, archery, children’s corner with bouncy castle and pony rides, Dog Show, classic cars, performers on stage and in the arena, BBQ and refreshments. Entry £3 each, children under 10 free and free parking off road.

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In the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle from 10am. Join East Sussex Falconry for a hands on experience. Adults £6.00, under 16’s £3.00. Child free. Family £14.00. 01323 834479.

Sun. 19th - 21st May - May Design Series

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The design trade event London has been waiting for! Take a journey through the four unique districts, The ARC Show, kbb LDN, DX and INTERIORS LDN, as they satisfy the architectural and design community’s appetite for design. Design industry greats will converge on the design capital of the world for three wonderful days of beautifully designed furniture, floor coverings, textiles, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting and decorative accessories from the most forward thinking and design-led companies. Secure your complimentary ticket now at www.maydesignseries.com

Sun. 19th May - Bolshoi Ballet Romeo and Juliet

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Recorded Live from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. 01892 678678.

Sun. 19th May - Plant and Garden Fair

At Pashley Manor Gardens, near Ticehurst from 10am - 5pm. Special admission price of £7.50 includes entry into the gardens and fair. See www.pashleymanorgardens.com See page 52.

Sun. 19th - 21st May London Bridal Show (Trade)

At Olympia West Hall, London. bbeh.co.uk/london-bridal-show

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Leisure DanceHouseUK It’s hard to believe that DanceHouseUK opened its doors to aspiring dancers and performers three years ago this September. “It’s true that time flies when you are having fun” Natascia Mazzucato, principal of DanceHouseUK said. “I am so proud in all that the school and students have achieved as well as the dedication and support I get from my team, students and families!” DanceHouseUK really is a family, as we take great pride and pleasure in each other’s successes and progress”. Natascia ex Elmhurst, Professional Dancer, and Legat Teacher of 9 years at Bede’s, opened DanceHouseUK in order to pass on her knowledge and experience to young hopefuls, to follow in her footsteps. “I want to see young people inspired and to develop a life-long passion for dance and the arts.” DanceHouseUK have a lot to offer with a very varied timetable of all dance genres; ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, classical Greek and street dance are all offered. Not only is DanceHouseUK approved by the Council for Dance Education and Training, but furthermore, DanceHouseUK is an ISTD Approved Dance Centre that offers DDI and DDE Teacher Training. “We aim to inspire and develop the best teachers around, with good solid technique and enthusiasm!” We also have a support staff including Life Coach Nicola Huelin-Vilar (01273 252 734) giving tremendous support to all individuals in reaching their goals in dance, academics and life! Another exciting innovation is that DanceHouseUK has an in house physiotherapist, Hannah Long (07557 416 366), who can help our students both prevent and rehabilitate any issues. Hannah specializes in dance physiotherapy, and completes her Masters degree this summer. Anyone is welcome to come along for a free taster session, and to enjoy all the good things under one roof at DanceHouseUK. Visit the website; www.dancehouseuk.com or contact Natascia on 0781 289 7646 for more information.

Sun. 19th May The London Philharmonic Orchestra At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. WAGNER Overture, Die Meistersinger SCHUMANN. Piano Concerto WAGNER. Siegfried Idyll BEETHOVEN. Symphony No. 5 NICHOLAS COLLON. conductor BENJAMIN GROSVENOR piano. Tickets £12 to £24. 01323 412000.

Sun. 19th May - Les Miserables

At Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden in the Barn Theatre from 7pm - 9pm. Hot Buckle Theatre bring their innovative style to one of the most powerful and celebrated works of European literature. £12. Tel: Box Office on 0844 249 1895.

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Sun. 19th May - Sids Show At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 11am and 2pm. Join Sid, the hugely popular original star of the CBeebies channel, live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock your socks off! £11.00. Perfect for families with children aged 3-7. 01892 530613.

Mon. 20th May - Curtis and Stigers

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Curtis Stigers shot to international fame with his worldwide hits I Wonder Why and You’re All That Matters To Me. Up Close and Personal is a rare opportunity to see and hear Curtis Stigers performing his songs in a stripped-down intimate acoustic setting. Tickets £22.50. 01892 530613.

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Tues. 21st - 25th May The RHS Chelsea Flower Show In the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London. Tuesday to Friday 8am-8pm. Saturday 8am-5.30pm (plant sell-off 4pm) Tuesday and Wednesday are members-only days. See feature on page 54 and 55. www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2013/

Tues. 21st - 25th May - Dead Guilty

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. A powerful revenge thriller starring Anna Brecon (Emmerdale) and Jenny Funnell (As Time Goes By). Tickets £14.50 to £20.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 21st May - Sally Morgan

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Star of Sky LIVING’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s favorite TV psychic, Sally Morgan, returns with her outstanding 2013 nationwide tour. 01892 530613.

Tues. 21st & 22nd May - Seaside Special

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8.15pm. This exciting new production company help to celebrate 130 years of The Royal Hippodrome Theatre this Summer Season. A variety show including both local and professional talent performing throughout the summer. £16. 01323 412000

Tues. 21st - 25th May - Kite Runner

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is one of the best-loved novels of recent years. This eagerly awaited stage adaptation is a deeply moving contemplation of the price of loyalty, the possibility of redemption in a land facing destruction and, above all, the bond of a friendship that spans cultures and continents. Tickets £11 to £23.50. 0844 871 7627.

Tues. 21st May Gaucho International Polo and Party

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. The world’s greatest polo players will fly in from around the globe to compete in this prestigious tournament in three international matches – all vying for the honour of taking home the championship. The event kicks of Britain’s famous summer season in style offering delicious South American fayre by Gaucho, live music and DJ’s alongside the Polo. www.gauchopolo.com

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CANADA

An iconic journey through the Rocky Mountains Whether travelling with family, as a couple or on your own, Canada is a diverse destination that offers something for everyone. With plentiful wildlife, friendly natives, gourmet food and wine, and stunning scenery around every corner, Canada is a must for your next holiday with Southern Cross Travel! For an unforgettable journey, fly into Calgary, pick up your hire car and drive onto Banff and Lake Louise to explore the beautiful surroundings. Whilst here, let Southern Cross Travel book an evening wildlife safari for your chance to observe native animals in their natural habitat, or how about a helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains? Visit Columbia Icefield and board an Icefield Explorer to view the Athabasca Glacier, before continuing along the scenic road for a 2 night stay in Jasper. After your time here, board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train – the most luxurious way to travel through the Rocky Mountains! For that ‘Once in a Lifetime’ trip, Southern Cross Travel can arrange an upgrade to Gold Leaf Service for panoramic views and 5* dining en route. After your overnight stop in Kamloops, re-board your train, arriving into cosmopolitan Vancouver – the city with snow-capped mountains for its backdrop! Stay in Vancouver for 3 nights before catching the ferry (or seaplane!) to Vancouver Island. Explore the island by car or coach, making sure you visit Butchart Gardens and don’t miss out on a whale-watching trip – a must-do whilst in British Columbia! If you have more time, drive onto Tofino for a chance to get close to the Black Bears, or alternatively return to Vancouver for an overnight stay before your flight home. This journey is an example of the bespoke Canada holidays that THE Tailor-made Specialists at Southern Cross Travel can create for you. Contact your local, certified Canada Specialist to discuss your holiday options on anneka@southerncrosstravel.co.uk or call the Southern Cross Travel team on 01892 783896 or 01797 229200. We will be delighted to hear from you!

Senlac Classic Car Show & Country Fayre Sunday June 16th 2013 For the past 20 years the Senlac Classic Car Show has stood out as one of the most enjoyable shows. Despite the focus on classic cars, the organisers strive to put together a show that is for the whole family. Dozens of stalls, children’s rides and games as well as charity stalls selling jewellery, books, toys and so on sit alongside the large display of vehicles. The 2012 show broke all records both for the number of visitors attending and for the number of cars on display. There was also a large commercial display as well as a very impressive display of military vehicles. The emphasis this year will once again be on the family with dads at the centre of the planning. This Father’s Day will be an opportunity for the whole family to take dad out; have him entertained by Lumpy and Lumpettes band and the Lindy Hopper dancers performing at the show; have him fed from the BBQ or the Indian take-away or the other food outlets,; buy him a pint at the well stocked bar featuring real ales and then let him browse the many stalls, auto jumble and gardening outlets before wandering amongst the interesting and beautifully turned out vehicles set out in the large recreation ground opposite Bodiam Castle. Ever conscious that family budgets are hard pressed, entrance to the show at £4.50 per adult, is half the price charged by many other local shows. All accompanying children (under 16) are allowed free entry. Entry price includes free parking. Apart from the show itself, a big reason to give your support is that ALL the proceeds are given to charities, both local and national. Organised by the Rotary Club of Senlac and sponsored by local firms, the show has raised well in excess of £100,000 for charity. It deserves your support.

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PHOENIX’ CORONATION CELEBRATION Phoenix Choir open their summer concert with a work composed in 2007 by their Musical Director, Michael Fields: his Midsummer Mass which he describes as “ an appealing and approachable work”. In the same year, John Rutter received a CBE in the New year’s Honours list for his “outstanding services to music”. His joyous Magnificat is the second major piece in this programme celebrating the 60th Coronation Anniversary, which concludes with popular patriotic songs. Featuring soloists Ansy Boothroyd (soprano), Lindsay Richardson (mezzosoprano) and Nigel Richards (baritone) and accompanied by Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, this concert presents a happy tribute to our monarch.

Battle Choral Society will perform J.S. Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor, one of the supreme achievements in the classical repertoire, on the 18th May at Christ Church, Silchester Road, St. Leonards. (TN37 6GL). The Mass was probably never performed during Bach’s life time, it largely disappeared during the 18th century and was ‘rediscovered’ in the early 19th century. Today this monumental work which, unusually, encompasses both the Lutheran and Roman Catholic traditions is acknowledged to be a musical mountain for any choir to climb but one that is totally rewarding for both singers and audience. The Society’s President LOUISE WINTER, the renowned mezzo-soprano, will be singing with us. Louise has sung in opera houses across the world and she will be joined by Grace Constable, soprano, Gary Marriott, tenor and Michael White, bass. The choir and professional orchestra will be conducted by our Director of Music, John Langridge. Tickets £15 each from: Raggs Boutique, 20 High Street, Battle. The Genius Loci Bookshop, 40 Norman Road, St. Leonards, (Wed-Sat) or from 01424 870862 or 845219. A free coach will depart the Market Square, Battle at 6.30 p.m. Seats must be reserved by phoning: 01424 772895. See and hear the choir on: www.battlechoral.co.uk

Laton Ash Dance Centre celebrate their 39th anniversary with a spectacularly costumed and varied programme of dance, featuring the whole school from the 2.5 year olds to senior students. The centre was established in 1974 and now there are many ‘second generation’ students and even one 3rd generation! We aim to inpsire a love of dance in all our students so that they will continue to support the art form, be it as a performer or spectator.

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Body Sculpture Gym: Great news, the new family run Bodysculpture Gym is now open and we have a lot of new members and many personal 121 training clients. We stock all CNP products and have amazing promo deals on all protein and supplements due to the sheer volume of stock we have invested in. We have everything you need to build up, tone up or just stay in shape. With both male and female personal trainers onsite we can help you achieve your goals, offering professional advice for your training, workouts and diet plans. Please feel free to visit us in person. We are friendly, knowledgeable and will be glad to give you a personal tour of our facility.

KOBUDO WEAPONS TRAINING An exciting VIP day at MSK Martial Arts on 26 May when we welcome two of the top 10th grade exponents of martial arts to our dojo. Sensei Grayston and Sensei Strode will be giving a master class in the use of weapons “Kobudo” Whether inexperienced or already familiar with such weapons as nunchuku, tonfa or bokken you are welcome Pre booking/payment required as spaces are limited £18.00 per person Sunday 26 May 2013 12.30 – 5.30 pm 07971 324 741 May also sees the start of a free ladies self defence course, we are inviting ladies over 16 to come along to this FREE 6 week course which will give them the opportunity to learn effective & easy to remember defence techniques whilst also exercising and keeping fit Why not come along on a Wednesday or Friday and see for yourself starting from Wednesday 22 May 3.30 – 4.30 pm For further information call Ray Twitchen 07971 324 741 Limited spaces available on this entirely FREE COURSE!

Ma Seirei Kai School of Martial Arts Karate Jujitsu Judo Kobudo – Adults & Juniors

07870 611949 or 07971 324 741 www.mskma.com

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Wed. 22nd - 25th May - Summer Holiday At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. Sat. Mat: 2.30pm. The Hastleones return to the White Rock Theatre with a Clifftastic new production of Summer Holiday. Tickets £14.00. 01424 462288.

Wed. 22nd May - Craig David

At the Indig02, Docklands, London. 7pm. From a UK Garage pioneer to a mainstream multi-million seller, Craig David is so much more than your average artist. 0844 856 0202.

Wed. 22nd May - Zucchero

At the Royal Albert Hall. London. 7.30pm. Adelmo Fornaciari, better known to the world as Zucchero, a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers, has achieved worldwide acclaim since winning the Italian Castrocaro Festival in 1981. His 1988 album Blue’s became the highest selling album in Italian history and included the original version of Senza una Donna (which later became his best known hit when released as a duet with Paul Young). Since then he has collaborated with many artists including Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Sting and Pavarotti and has gained worldwide success. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 22nd May - Antique Auction

Burstow and Hewett, Lower Lake, Battle. www.burstowandhewett.co.uk

Thurs. 23rd May - The John Mann Music Show

At the Winter Garden, Floral Hall, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. Enjoy an afternoon of yesterdays music played today on the Eminent organ and grand piano, interspersed with John infectious humour. £7.00. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 23rd - 26th May The Hound of the Baskervilles

At the Festival Theatre, Hever Castle at 8pm. £15.00 (Sat. £18.00). Picnic in the grounds or refreshments available. www.heverfestival.co.uk or telephone 01732 866114. Presented by Enter Stage Right Productions.

Thurs. 23rd May - The Master (Cinema)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Cert. 15. 8pm. £5.00. After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, a charismatic intellectual creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. 01424 229111.

Sevenoaks Summer Festival 2013 from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 7 July On Saturday 22 June as part of the opening ‘Festival Fair’ there are 3 performances of the children’s puppet show “Arthur’s Dream”, and an interactive jazz musical romp for older children in the main theatre

entitled “Boom Boom’s Bow”. The day is rounded off with “An Audience with” Pam Ayres. Over the following two weeks, STAG Theatre is host to Steeleye Span, The

Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Maff Brown’s Outside the Box Comedy Club and Bullfrog Productions’ “Just So the Musical”. Meanwhile, in the Plaza Suite, Stag Theatre Company presents a double-bill of “The Virtuous Burglar” and “The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley”, a youth jazz workshop with Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra, the second episode of “Dick Barton Special Agent”. This Year’s open-air Shakespeare is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at St Clere Estate, at The Ship Theatre is a Second Wind Band Concert & Geoff Eale’s ’100 Years Of Piano Jazz’ and celebrity concerts at The Pamoja Hall are CUBANA BOP with a jazz concert version of ‘West Side Story’, classical guitarist John Williams and trumpeter Crispian SteelePerkins with The Festival Orchestra. More information at www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk

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‘Feathers & Frills Presents.........

A charity burlesque and cabaret show at the Sussex Hall, White Rock Theatre, Hastings. After the success of our fabulous Burlesque Charity Ball, it seemed wrong not to follow it up with another tantalising, tassel, twirling extravaganzer!!! Tickets £15 each available form The White Rock Ticket Office and online from their website whiterocktheatre.org.uk Food available to order when you purchase your tickets at an additional cost. Doors Open 7.15pm Show Starts 7.45pm OVER 18s ONLY In aid of The Disabilities Trust’

If your old Camcorder or video no longer works, The Camera Centre Hailsham can transfer your tapes to DVD (formats including VHS, SVHS, Sony Betamax, 8mm , Hi-8, Digital 8, Mini DV). Only £20 for the first hour and £15 for the second hour. Extra copies just £5. Discount for a quantity of tapes transferred at the same time. Please note we can only transfer “Home Movies” not recordings from T.V. or feature films because of copyright.

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Please visit the New Weekly Craft and Gift Fair on Eastbourne Seafront

Mansion Hotel Ballroom

The Mansion Hotel, on Eastbourne Seafront opposite the bandstand, is the venue for this new and exciting Craft and Gift fair for Eastbourne. Every Thursday between 10.00am – 3.00pm the ballroom is filled with individual crafts and gift goodies? Did you visit on 2nd May? If not then please come along any Thursday in May or June. We are hoping the Fair will become that must be place for that unique individual gift. Look out for the photographs in next month’s edition. You will find 24 stallholders selling a wide range of goods. E.g. jewellery and scarves, cards and photographic scenes, finest quality hand knit jumpers, small fun knits and other

Thurs. 23rd May Amy Wadge and Pete Riley in Concert At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. Supported by musicians and singers from Cranbrook School £8.00 adult. £6.00 concession. 01580 711856.

Thurs. 23rd May - Craft and Gift Fair

At the Mansion (Lions) hotel, Eastbourne seafront from 10am - 3pm. An exciting new event for Eastbourne held every Thursday with free admission. See feature above.

Fri. 24th May - Billy Ocean

At Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Tickets £30.00. Billy recently

soft furnishings alongside wood turned gifts and china. Name engraved wooden gifts, traditional wooden toys, as well as specialist cheeses and chutneys. With so much on offer we hope this weekly event will be worth a visit and you will find that special gift.

Diary note: - Thursday 2nd May and every Thursday in May and June.

Free Admission Refreshments available all day. The tranquil hotel garden will be open. Lift available and easy parking nearby. Enquiries: - judalcr@hotmail.com

went into the studio with old collaborator Barry Eastmond to record a new album due to be released next year and will be playing more live dates round the globe. Supporting Billy on his tour are Woman. Woman is made up of three formidable world-class singers in their own right. 01892 530613.

Fri. 24th May - Rush

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Legendary rock band Rush will play The O2 arena on Friday 24 May as the only London date of their May 2013 UK Arena tour. 0844 856 0202.

Fri. 24th - 26th May - Beer and Cider by the Sea

On the Western Lawns, Eastbourne. Over 100 real ales, ciders and perries with live music on the Festival stage. See ad and feature page 37.

Traction Engine Rally Sat 1st June and Sun 2nd June

In 1966 Claude and Joyce Jessett held their first steam rally and every year since then this famous two day event has provided a fantastic family atmosphere, filled with sights and sounds that delight the senses. With a huge cross-section of exhibit types, from stationary engines to some of the largest traction engines ever made there is definitely something to interest the whole family. The highlight of each day will surely be watching engine drivers and their steersmen compete in the ‘Judge the Width’ competition. Don’t forget to have a ride on “The Great Bush Railway” and then why not have a wander around the stalls selling all manner of items including clothes, tools, autojumble, bric-a-brac, plants and collectables. Pause for a while and enjoy a pint of Harveys beer along with hot or cold food - you could even bring a picnic. This year, as in all previous years, the rally is held in aid of Cancer Research UK. For more information please visit the website at www.tinkerspark.com

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Garden Services Fri. 24th May Sissinghurst Farmers Market At Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook, Kent from 10.30am 3.30pm. 07885 150 394.

Fri. 24th May The Billy Fury Years

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £18.50. The Billy Fury Years is simply the ultimate Billy Fury show. Hailed as “the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians take you on a journey through the musical career of Britain’s best loved rock n roll legend. 01323 412000.

Fri. 24th May Sean Hughes

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. A hilarious yet poignant look at loss and getting older from the Irish actor/stand up. 01892 678678.

Fri. 24th - 27th May Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

At Earls Court 1, London. Fri. Sun. 10am - 7pm. Mon. 5pm. www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk

Fri. 24th - 26th May London Comic Con

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Britain’s biggest festival of popular culture. Films, video games, comics, Sci-Fi and anime. www.mcmcomiccon.com/london

Fri. 24th May Mark Knopfler

At the Brighton Centre, 6.30pm. Mark Knopfler is one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time. Tickets £41 to £45. 01273 290131.

Sat. 25th - 27th May I Spy Sheep

At the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, near Ashford. Quiz, shearing demonstrations in this weekend devoted to all things woolly. 01233 861 493

Sat. 25th & 26th May London 2 Brighton Challenge

Sat. 25th - 27th May - Art Exhibition

A walk/running event raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Starts Richmond Park TWN 2AZ. Registration £85.00. Minimum sponsorship £400. 100km jog, walk or run. Signed and marshalled route on footpaths, bridleways and National trails. See www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-gb/events.

Sat. 25th - 27th May - Festival of Flowers

At Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Bexhill on Sea. Sat. and Mon. 10am - 4.30pm. Sun. 2pm - 4.30pm. Also services on Sun. 10.30am and 6pm.

At the Studio, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea from 10am - 4pm. Free entry. New work from the Bexhill Art Society.

Sat. 25th May - The Mini Marsh Man Run

At Lake 1 , Action Watersports, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd, TN29 9JH at 8am. Early season warm up in this supporting event to the Marshman race .New bike course which extends the distance to 24k . http://www.velocityevents.co.uk

Sat. 25th May - Crowborough Farmers Market

At Pinegrove car park, Crowborough from 9am - 1pm. 01892 664064.

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SPRING EVENTS AT PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS As we come into May we see the end of Pashley’s annual Tulip Festival. As well as the thousands of tulips in the gardens, experts from 62 times Chelsea gold medal winners Bloms Bulbs will be on site with a beautiful display of cut tulips in vases, and to give advice and to take bulb orders, until 6th May. In mid-May the Plant and Garden Fair is on Sunday 19th – a reduced admission price of £7.50 covers entrance to both the gardens and the fair. Selected nurseries, garden related companies and local produce stalls will be at Pashley - including suppliers specialising in fruit trees, Japanese maples, wild flowers, herbs and ferns as well as a wide range of perennials, shrubs, bedding plants, vegetable plants and more. Later in May the Sculpture in Particular begins on Saturday 25th and runs every day to 1st June. The gardens provide the perfect setting for sculpture - throughout the season there is an exhibition in the gardens, in addition, for these eight days, there will be a display and sale of smaller sculpture in the front hall of the house. Delicious cakes and lunches served from the Garden Room café; gift shop; plant sales. See www.pashleymanorgardens.com or call 01580 200888 for more details.

Sat. 25th May - Festival of Melodies, Moods and Memories 1939 - 2013 At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 7.30pm. With the band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood and the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir. Tickets £15 and £16. 01424 229111.

Sat. 25th May - Eastbourne Farmers Market

At Communitywise, Ocklynge Road, Old Town, Eastbourne. 10am 12.30pm.

Sat. 25th May - The Rat Pack

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. With Kenny Lynch. Tickets from £20. 01323 412000.

Sat. 25th May - 1st June - Sculpture in Particular

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, TN5 7HE. 11am - 5pm everyday. As well as the sculpture in the gardens for these eight days, there is a display and sale of smaller sculpture in the front hall of the house. 01580 200888.

Sat. 25th - 27th May - The Big Edwardian Picnic

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Enjoy the pleasures of an Edwardian weekend when Lord Astor and his guests take lunch on the lawn. The new event re creates life in the Edwardian era as seen in Downton Abbey and shows what life was like in a grand country residence in the early 20th Century. Lots of attractions for all the family. 01732 865224.

Sat. 25th - 27th May - Woodland Crafts & Skills

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, Ashford, Kent. Learn and enjoy coppice crafts from the country’s most experienced experts. Camping also available. Booking essential on 01233 643854.

Sat. 25th May - Breakfast at Trinity’s

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Enjoy free musical entertainment from Paul Cheese and Dave Beckett while tucking into one of Trinity’s delicious breakfasts. 10.30am - 12.30pm. 01892 678678.

Sat. 25th May - Local and Live

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm - Son of Kirk. 9pm - The Alex Beharrell Band. 10pm - Storm Engine. Doors open at 7.30pm For Wheelchair tickets please call the Box Office on 01892 678 678

My Sparkling New Patio from ‘Algae Blaster’! When you are spending time and money this spring getting your garden looking great, don’t forget where you are going to be spending most of your time relaxing...on your patio! Algae blaster can return your patio to it’s former glory. I was amazed how much grime and algae was deposited on my patio and couldn’t believe how good it looked afterwards. Algae Blaster has the professional equipment which removes much more than a normal pressure washer so don’t try it yourself, give the Algae Blaster a call for a free competitive quote. If you are thinking of selling your house it’s easy to overlook the obvious. A spotless patio or decking area makes all the difference when showing potential buyers your property...... Anna...What’s On editor - 52 -

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Hawkhurst Fish Farm - Hastings Road, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN184RT With over 30 years combined experience in constructing and maintaining lakes and ponds, installing stunning water features and other landscaping services, Aquascapers is one of your leading, local experts! Based on the Kent/East Sussex border, all works are completed by the four HFF construction teams with specialist equipment. From initial designs and planning to the finished product, their prestige quality and expertise can be demonstrated at Hawkhurst Fish Farm itself. Upon

request we are also more than happy to show you examples of our work in the local area. Some of the services Aquascapers can offer are: Lake and Pond Advice, Design, Construction and Maintenance, Establishment of Nature Reserves, Desilting, Liner Replacement, Pond and Lake Edging, Bank Stabilisation, Lake and pond Cleaning, Installation of Water Features including Jetties, Waterfalls, Bridges etc. Landscaping Services and Ponds.

Sat. 25th May - T. Wells Farmers Market At Civic Way, outside the Town Hall, T. Wells from 9am - 2pm. Around 40 stalls covering the whole range of local foods. 01892 554244.

Sat. 25th - 27th May - The Kent Garden Show

tea walk, minibeast hunt, landrover safari and much more, there should be something for everyone. http://www.rxwildlife.info/rx-festival-2013/

Sat. 25th May - Cranbrook Farmers Market

At the Vestry Hall, High Street, Cranbrook from 9am - 12 noon.

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. Over 300 exhibitors plus floral marquees, displays and medal winners from Chelsea.

Sat. 25th May - Boat Rally

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge from 9am - 5pm. The Inland Waterways Association Boat Rally held at Bodiam Castle will host the Inland Waterways Association National Trail boat Rally. Come and see the boats as they trail past and moor beside our wharf tearoom on the River Rother. 01580 831325

Sat. 25th May - 2nd June - RX Wildlife Festival

At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rother. The 9th annual Wildlife Festival will be taking place during half term, with wildlife-themed activities in the RX area - from Hastings to Dungeness. With a marine roadshow, afternoon

Sat. 25th May - Julie Felix

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Julie Felix, the iconic singer/songwriter/performer, has been touring worldwide for over four decades. In her show for 2013, she takes her audience on a fascinating journey through music and personal experience. Her Mexican/Welsh/ American Indian roots in California gave her a rich and heady artistic background. Tickets £12.50. 01424 423221.

Sat. 25th May - Roger Hodgson

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 8pm. Former Supertramp front man Roger Hodgson is known for his timeless hits including ‘The Logical Song’ and ‘Give A Little Bit’. 0207 589 8212. Roger is performing as part of his Breakfast in America Band Tour.

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2013 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW Tue 21 - Sat 25 May 2013

New Gardening Products at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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nnovative lawncare systems, trellis for city gardens and products designed to celebrate the show’s centenary are just some of the new, unusual or innovative products that will be on sale at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored my M&G Investments (21–25 May). More than 250 tradestands will exhibit at the show in its 100th year, bringing together an impressive collection of horticultural products and gifts. Many of which will be new to the market.

garden landscaping concept WoodBlocX; and Sparrow and Fitch’s Berkeley hotel-inspired Birdhouse. A number of designers have created one-off pieces to celebrate 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. These include an Emma Bridgewater Centenary Mug, ‘Rose’ the STEIFF Chelsea Flower Show Bear, Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No.100 Perfume and Susannah Hunter’s Chelsea Bag. Also commissioned specifically by the RHS are: the Chelsea Centenary bench by handcrafters, Sitting Spiritually; a 100 Years RHS Chelsea Commemorative Stamp Sheet by Royal Mail; and a range of RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘Union Jack of Flowers’ souvenirs.

The shortlist for the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year provides a good indication of what’s on offer. It includes 13 of the newest and most inventive gardening products such as: the Complete Lawncare System by Allett Mowers, the first of its kind for the domestic market; Hozelock’s multi-purpose watering attachment; a push-hoe designed especially for women; and X Hose, the world’s first expanding hose.

www.rhs.org.uk 21 – 22 May RHS members only 23 – 25 May RHS members and non-members 21 – 24 May 8am – 8pm 25 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm) Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London. To book tickets 0844 338 7546 or www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea Ticket prices range from £22 to £65. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Other shortlisted products include innovative and environmentally friendly planting essentials such as wire and glass cloches, a compost aerator, twine made by sustainable wool and gardening gloves made from 100 percent bamboo. Garden features such as a decorative planter and trellis designed for small city gardens, a stunning new garden building by Crown Pavilions, and a plant wind sculpture created specifically for RHS Chelsea Flower Show are also included. The winning product will be selected by a team of judges, including businesswoman and Dragon’s Den investor Deborah Meaden, and will be awarded at the show on Tuesday 21 May. This year’s Show will also feature a variety of unique products including: a hand-woven bronze sculpture from award-winning sculptor Rachel Carter; revolutionary

Mary Castelino Gardens has been established for over 10 years and can offer you an affordable garden design service together with detailed planting plans and full instructions on after care. Whether you are planning a party or wedding reception or just want to encourage wildlife into your garden, Mary Castelino Gardens provide a qualified and affordable solution which may be as simple as the re-design of a single border.

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Hand Crafted Bespoke Gazebos

Gazebo Designs is a small local business based at the Old Rose Nursery (Est. 1966) in Northiam, East Sussex. The Gazebos are produced to the highest standards, crafted by hand with quality products and tailored to bespoke designs. All gazebos are built to a bespoke design to suit your taste and fit in with your current garden surroundings. Whether it is a custom made design to house a hot tub, or a large design to entertain family and friends, there are great ways to enjoy your outside space in a relaxed atmosphere. Our aim is to produce high quality gazebos that are affordable, whilst still maintaining a high standard and skilled workmanship. We offer free quotations & can deliver to and supply to the whole of the South East region, our service includes delivery, groundwork and assembly.

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Wedding Services

Bespoke Cheeses: As a cheese maker I’m able to offer you a service where all of your wishes can be met for your special day. At Bespoke cheese, you can choose the shape of your cheeses, cylindrical, square, little hearts, all of which are made especially for you. Would you like to have your cheese matured for a little longer, giving a stronger flavour, muslin bound or rinded, given your preference I can advise you of the best options available. I can also provide you with a totally stress free service, by delivering and dressing your Bespoke Cheese cake with flowers to match the bouquet….

Sun. 26th May - Jaguar Enthusiasts Club In the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. Around 100 Classic Cars on show A chance to see a vast and varied range of Jaguar vehicles from E Types to XJ’s. Standard Gardens & Grounds admission fee (Adults £6, Under 16’s & Students £3, Under 3’s Free of Charge, Concessions £4.95, Family of 5 £14 = maximum 2 adults). 01323 834479

Sun. 26th & 27th May - Battle Medieval Fair

On the Abbey Green, Battle. Mediaeval Madness is coming to Battle again - the costumes are being dusted down; the maypole has been woken from its yearly hibernation ready for 2 days of merrie maypoling. See feature on page 24 for details.

Sun. 26th May - Classic Cars

A parade and display of classic cars along the beautiful seafront at the Old Bathing Station on De La Warr Parade, Bexhill on Sea. 01424 730564

Sun. 26th May - Happy Mondays

At the Brighton Centre. The full original line-up of the Happy Mondays will be bringing their classic Madchester sound to the seaside. 01273 290131.

Sun. 26th May King Mydas and Other Greek Myths

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. Childrens show. A whirlwind tour of five popular stories from Ancient Greece, incorporating a mix of contemporary culture with ancient mythology. Tickets £6.00. 01892 678678.

Sun. 26th May - Oysterband’s John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. A special celebration concert where John Jones, Oysterband’s lead singer will be joined by friends, fellow Oysterband members and special guests from such bands as ‘Chumbawamba’ and ‘Bellowhead’. £19.50. 01323 841414.

Sun. 26th & 27th May - A Bushcraft Adventure

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, near Tonbridge, TN11 8DG. 12 noon to 4pm. Enjoy shelter building and knots for survival, fire lighting and flora and fauna. Normal ground and garden admission applies. www. penshurstplace.com/whatson

Sun. 26th May - Kobudo Weapons Training

Sun. 26th May - Record and CD Fair

At the MSK School of Martial Arts, Brampton House, Brampton Road, Eastbourne, BN22 9BN. An exciting VIP day with two of the top 10th Grade exponents of martial arts. See main advert and feature on p.47.

At the Brighton Centre. 9.30 £2 (Early Entry £5 from 8.30). Brighton Record & CD Fair at the Brighton Centre SYNDICATE WING, RUSSELL ROAD. For more information call 01273 553966 / 07732279403

At Bexhill Museum, Egerton Road, Bexhill. 11am - 4pm. Work from Bexhill artists Workspace. 01424 787950.

Sun. 26th May - Art Exhibition

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Nursing & Care

Derwent Residential Care Home: Residents regularly enjoy a wide range of activities and hobbies, from completing jigsaw puzzles, art and craft, listening to music and for those more able, gentle exercise or a spot of gardening. Drinks and snacks are available all day - however our residents enjoy the social aspect of midmorning and afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits. Special occasions are as important to us as they are to our residents and you will often find a birthday party with cake, balloons and banners taking place.

A B Mobility: With 30 years experience in mobility retail and repair they understand that mobility is a way of life and can be very stressful. At AB Mobility they will cater for individual needs and will do all the hard work for you - including deliveries, home visits for free demonstrations, and repairs if you are unable to visit them at the shop. If your equipment needs to stay with AB Mobility for a day or two they will provide you with a free temporary replacement. You will find fair and affordable prices and an honest service. If you need expert advice call Andy Roe and Bryan Budgen on 01323 849736.

Mon. 27th May - Bupa 10,000

Sun. 26th May - Flower and Music Festival At Finchcocks Musical Museum, Riseden, near Goudhurst from 11am - 6pm. The fine 18th Century Manor of Finchcocks will be filled with beautiful flower arrangements and music throughout the day including Kate Semmens (soprano) and Steven Divine (harpischord, organ and early piano). £5.00 adult, £2.00 child.

Sun. 26th May - Jim Davidson

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 01892 530613.

Sun. 26th May - Street Styles 2013

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. 5pm. Get ready for some action packed, jaw dropping, innovative and inspiring street dance performances throughout the evening. With some special guest performances including Eastbourne’s very own talented Demo Squad Crew, UK Dance Champions, TV stars, and hosted by a surprise guest from Sky 1’s Got To Dance. Tickets £10.00. 01323 412000.

At St. James’s Park, Horseguards Road, London from 10am. 10k charity run, taking in some of the Capital’s best known landscapes. Finishing in the Mall. Help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Registration fee £20.00. Minimum sponsorship £200.00. 08700 340040.

Mon. 27th May - 1st June - Less Than Kind

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. In this hilarious romantic comedy, steel magnate John Fletcher has risen to the colossal challenge of out producing Albert Speer and the Nazi war machine in tanks for D-Day. Five weeks later he can leave the government, file for divorce from his unfaithful wife and marry his true love, the widow Olivia Brown. Tickets £10 to £29.50. 0844 871 7627.

Mon. 27th May - Jack the Giant Slayer (2D)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 4pm and 7pm. Cert.12A The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds. 01892 678678.

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Dementia care‌. in St Leonards Following an extensive refurbishment programme Lauriston has just opened a new space for people with dementia in our welcoming and impressive care home. Members of our staff team are specially trained in dementia care to deliver the appropriate type of attention and support to each individual in our home. We provide a number of opportunities for people with dementia to harness their happy memories and sense of self. Through music, creative activities, a reminiscence area with photographs and various personal possessions, we open up alternative ways for people with dementia to communicate and express themselves. Each of our residents has a beautiful private room all of which are en suite. Our wide range of food is freshly cooked by our own in house chef, and we are proud of our

landscaped gardens and patio areas, tea bars and lounges and welcoming other communal areas for people to meet friends and family. If someone you love has dementia, contact Helena Barrow, our Home Manager, who will be able to help you find out more about how we can help‌and care. Lauriston, 40 The Green, St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex TN38 0SY Tel: 01424 447544 home.leo@mha.org.uk

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PETERHOUSE

- A dynamic & energetic living environment

Newly opened in the Summer of 2008 the new Peterhouse Day Care Centre is attached to the well established residential care and independent living centre run by NABS - The National Advertising Benevolent Society. Those using the Day Care facilities do not need to have any connections with the industry to use the extensive facilities on offer which also provides support for both clients and their families. We were shown around the well equipped centre and the Care Manager explained ‘we are introducing new activities all the time and although we have our own employees which include two support workers and a support coordinator, we are always looking for volunteers to help out as well, even

a few hours a week makes all the difference. We have had lots of good comments from our visitors which makes it all the more rewarding for our staff.’ A two course hot lunch is included each day and there is also a luncheon club where both visitors and their families can come along together at a cost of £5.50 per person. The Day Centre is used for a variety of respite needs whether it’s half a day a week or several days at a time which can be linked to an overnight stay at Peterhouse, something quite unique which is difficult to find elsewhere. The kitchen is always a hive of activity with lots of baking and food preparation always on the menu. Those wishing for a more relaxing break can take advantage of the recent therapeutic treatments on offer including reflexology and chiropody. From Sheltered Flats to Full Nursing Care Peterhouse comprises 34 single and double Sheltered Flatss, alongside a Registered Care Home, ‘The East Wing’, which offers Residential, Nursing and Social Care to 36 people. Self-caring residents in the Peterhouse Flats benefit from the numerous advantages of sheltered living: including a minibus service to the big supermarkets’ regular visits to Eastbourne; Hastings and places of interest; a restaurant; a bar; a library; satellite television’ a hairdresser; and in-house entertainment of all kinds. Experienced help is always at hand and extra support can be organised, if required.

Telephone the Manager at Peterhouse on 01424 730809

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Mon. 27th May - See the Steam Giants At Brede Waterworks on the A28 six miles north of Hastings, top of Brede Hill. Open 10am - 4pm. The huge steam pumping engines have been restored and are in motion again. Free entry. 01323 897310.

Mon. 27th May - Bexhill Horse Show

At Polegrove Park, Bexhill. The show offers a variety of jumping classes for amateur and professional riders and many in-hand and ridden showing classes, including Mountain and Moorland and Working Hunter classes. This show also offers spectators a chance to see driving horses in action and these turnouts are always a sight to behold. A dog show will also be held, commencing at 1pm for every dog owner and type of dog. There are classes for both pedigree dogs and family pets. 10am-5pm.

Mon. 27th & 28th May - Arthur’s Dream Boat

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Based on the book by Polly Dunbar. It is the story about a little boy who has a dream. Arthur’s in his dream boat! This brand new show is brought to you by Long Nose Puppets, makers of Shoe Baby and Penguin. The music is by Tom Gray, of the Mercury Award winning band Gomez. 10.30am and 1.30pm. 01424 229111. www.longnosepuppets.com

Mon. 27th May - 1st June - Mark Knopfler

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. One of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time returns for six special nights. 0207 589 8212.

27th - 31st May - Knights Challenge for Kids

At Battle Abbey, Battle from 10am - 5pm. Have you got what it takes to be a Norman or Saxon Knight. Come and grab your sword and shield and take this fun challenge to test the skills you will need to complete your quest before you are Knighted. 01424 775705.

Mon. 27th May - Iris Day

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, Ashford. TN23 3BP. Fantastic collection of bearded iris’s. 11am - 4.30pm. 01233 643854.

Tues. 28th May - The Croods (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 11am, 2pm and 7pm. A comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed.Cert. U. £5.50. 01892 678678.

An Independent Lifestyle with the comforts, warmth and security of a family home. Approximately half of The Northern Hotels rooms are available for residential accommodation. Some of these are very attractive suites with separate bedroom, bathroom, lounge and utility room. The family and staff have many years of experience providing a caring and considerate approach to those seeking to retain their independence, without the chores of cooking and household management. With several delightful communal rooms also to enjoy and a superb location close to town centre and seafront, we feel we are able to offer the ‘best of both worlds’: a friendly and homely atmosphere combined with the quality of accommodation and cuisine you’d expect from one of Bexhill’s premiere hotels.

Tues. 28th May - 1st June - Yes Prime Minister At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats: 2.30pm. Following two sell-out West End seasons, Yes, Prime Minister comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre for 1 week only. The original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn have reunited for this anniversary production and now Prime Minister Jim Hacker and his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby are back in this hilarious new play. Tickets £17.50 to £22.50. 01892 530613.

Tues. 28th & 29th May - Depeche Mode

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. These will be the band’s first live shows since their highly successful 2009/2010 Tour of the Universe during which they played 142 shows, smashing sales records with more than 2.5m tickets sold. Celebrating over three decades at the top of the musical landscape, with over 100 million record sales. 0844 856 0202.

Tues. 28th May - Jimmy Carr Gagging Order

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy. One-liners, stories & jokes. Some clever, some rude & a few totally unacceptable. Ages 16+ 01323 412000.

Tues. 28th May - 2nd June - Medieval Jousting

At Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent. ME17 1PL. The Knights of Royal England return to entertain in an authentic jousting arena. Additional theamed activities include archery and crafts. 01622 765400.

Wed. 29th May - Pilates Induction Class

At The Body Junction, 3 Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill. 11am. See main advertisement on page 65.

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Information Suite Now Open At New Care Home A spectacular new care home in Brighton is to open its Information Suite this month, giving local residents a first peek at what they can expect from the state-of-the-art development. Maycroft Manor Care Home on Carden Avenue will be opening its doors in autumn 2013, offering residential, nursing and dementia care in a stimulating and luxurious environment. The 99-bed home is the first in the area from Hallmark Care Homes, an award-winning care provider with homes across England and Wales. Outstanding facilities The home will include two cafés where residents can relax with a cup of coffee or enjoy time with their friends and relatives. There will also be a corner shop enabling for residents to continue a daily routine of picking up everyday essentials. Residents will be able to do their own laundry, if they wish, in one of the home’s laundry rooms or treat themselves to a new hair cut in the hair salon and a manicure in the spa therapy room. The library and cinema will

offer the chance to get lost in a whole new story while the roof top terrace gives the opportunity to get a bit of fresh air and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding gardens. Dementia community The home will have a separate dementia community with its own range of facilities, including a residents’ laundry room, corner shop and café, to enable residents to continue to maintain their independence. The Information Suite is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and weekends by appointment. Pop in and see us today or call for your information pack. Tel: 01273 799622 Email: maycroftmanor@hallmarkcarehomes. co.uk Maycroft Manor, 2-8 Carden Avenue, Brighton BN1 8NA

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Trim Feet Podiatry offer complete professional treatment, offering appointment times to suit everyone. Feet are one of the most active parts in the human body, they go everywhere with you and take part in everything from shopping to sporting activities, therefore at Trim Feet Podiatry we believe that your foot care should not only be seen as a treatment but a lifestyle choice, maintaining general foot health and preventing future mobility and joint problems.

Salon 15 is now celebrating their first years anniversary in Landgate, Rye. Salon owner Karen Gray along with her daughter Chloe and stylist Lauren welcome regular and new customers to their newly refurbished and comfortable modern salon with bright and spacious surroundings. Chloe and Lauren are top colourists and also specialise in wedding and occasion hair, offering all the advice and expertise that you need. Salon 15 uses Wella products and offer the superb CRAZY ANGEL tanning.

Wed. 29th May - 1st June - EODS Sweeney Todd

Thurs. 30th May - Craft and Gift Fair

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats: 2.30pm. The somewhat grizzly story of Benjamin Barker and his thirst for revenge for wrongs done to him is regarded by many as one of Stephen Sondheim’s best musical scores. 01323 412000.

At the Mansion (Lions) Hotel, Eastbourne from 10am - 3pm. An exciting new event for Eastbourne held every Thursday

Thurs. 30th - 31st May - Alicia Keys

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 0844 8560202.

Freddy Jacquin BSc (Hons) is a world renowned clinical hypnotherapist and founder and Principal of the UK Hypnotherapy Training College. For the past 19 years he has been helping his clients eliminate psychological blocks that prevent them from achieving their physical, financial and personal goals. He has helped more than 20,000 smokers quit the habit. Utilising the power of HYPNOSIS he can create in the mind of his clients the physical effects of a gastric band operation without the trauma of surgery. The client after hypnosis is physically unable to eat more than a small amount of food at each meal. He created a method of hypnosis to eliminate bad habits, snacking, emotional eating and eating through boredom.

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Thurs. 30th May - The Trench

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Inspired by the story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during WW1, Les Enfants Terribles tour with their award-winning Edinburgh Fringe sell out show.01892 678678.

He uses his method of hypnosis to help his clients overcome eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems and other clients regain self esteem and confidence. He has the knowledge and understanding that enables him to help others eliminate, limiting beliefs and negative thoughts that are holding them back. He is now running 5 hour Hypnosis workshops teaching students how to hypnotise others for fun and self-hypnosis for personal development. Visit his websites; www.l-possibilities (limitless possibilities) www.ukhypnotherapytraining.co.uk Call Free: 0800 0936 587/ Mob:07976303072. See back page for main advertisement.

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High quality and first-class hyaluronic acid and collagen opens new possibilities in the care of your skin, body and hair. Biora Health Care Cosmetics - Hair care and massage for health Biora Cosmetic’s range of health products for regeneration of hair and healthy body toning. Active substances affect hair recovery, caused by a number of problems, regenerating and promoting growth and helping keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Massage means taking care of your body and properly functioning musculoskeletal system and helps to keep your joints and

muscles in good condition. Bio Massage helps improve mobility, relieve pain and acts as a preventive to physical problems. “I recently tried several Biora products. The effect of using Bioraderm (pack contains four 4ml single-use ampoules) on my skin was very prominent. The product absorbs immediately upon its application and the effect is visible within a very short time. My skin felt smoother and moisturised and greatly improved my complexion. I have sensitive skin and I didn’t experience any negative affects.” ...... What’s On Editor. For more information on this incredible new product visit biora.co.uk

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Pets & Wildlife

Birds of a Feather I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in sunny Kenya last month. Doing a spot of birding in a T-shirt and shorts always appeals to me. There really are some stunning birds over there, beautifully coloured and real posers. An early morning walk in the hotel grounds was always rewarding and it set me up nicely for a spot of breakfast. A three day safari tho’ tiring was outstanding. I stayed at the Mnarani Club, Kilifi, a fantastic hotel which I highly recommend. www.mnarani.co.za At the time of writing there has been a huge influx of Blackcaps into the south east, these lovely little Warblers come north from southern Europe and Africa for the breeding season. Breeding birds arrive in April and May, leaving in September and October. Some European birds winter in the UK,

mainly in Southern England. It has a beautiful song and in some parts is known as the ‘Northern Nightingale’. To see over 15 Blackcaps in Feathers Nature Area was quite frankly astonishing. Both male and females were feeding on sunflower hearts, peanut and suet, this is likely due to the lack of natural food as insect activity was almost non-existent in the foul weather we experienced in April. I expect garden feeders to slow down a little over the next few weeks, many of our birds have more important things on their mind so lets hope they have a more successful breeding season than last year. Allan ..... feathers wild bird care. www.featherswildbirdcare. co.uk

Fri. 31st May - Violin and Piano Concert

Sat. 1st June - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

At Herstmonceux Castle, 7.30pm. With violinist Ani Karapetyan and pianist Aleksander Szram playing a selection of works by Bach Ravel Kreisler and Chopin. Open 6.30pm. Pre concert champagne available. Tickets £15.00 includes interval refreshment. 01323 833033. Raising funds for Windmill Hill Windmill. www.windmillhillwindmill.org

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea 7.30pm with a Tchaikovsky Gala. Tickets £29.50. Tickets: £29.50, £23.50, £15. 01424 229111.

Fri. 31st May - Keyshia Cole

At the Indig02, Docklands, London. 7pm. The grammy nominated american RnB singer-songwriter. In support of her latest album. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 1st June - Phoenix Coronation Celebration

At All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Phoenix Choir and Chamber Orchestra with soloists presents mid Summer Mass and John Rutter’s Magnificat and patriotic songs celebrating the Queens Coronation. Tickets £10 from WeGotTickets.com, Eastbourne Tourist Info. See main ad. page 46. 01323 482860. www.phoenixchoir-eastbourne.co.uk

Sat. 1st Jun.- Newenden Garden Of England Fair

At St Peter’s Church & Newenden Village Hall, Newenden, Kent. Browse amongst hand-picked stands selling contemporary home and garden ware, plants, gifts and jewellery. Treat yourself to delicious refreshments & home made cakes. Children’s events. Grand raffle. Free entry. For further details please ring 01797 252536 info: www.newenden.org/market.php

Sat. 1st & 2nd June - Traction Engine Rally

Sat. 1st June - Fairport Convention

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Formed in 1967 this is the most celebrated folk rock band of all time. £22.50. 01323 841414.

Sat. 1st June - Sizzling Summer Concert

At St. Dunstans Church, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent. 7pm. Concert 7.30pm. Tickets from Crane Books, Cranbrook or on the door. Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra with Soprano singer Sandra Graham. Plus a powerful performance of Dvorak Symphony No. 8 and Hansell and Gretel Overture.

Sat. 1st & 3rd June - Barbra Streisand

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Barbra will be accompanied by a full orchestra and special guests Chris Botti, her son Jason Gould, and sister Roslyn Kind, all of whom performed last year on Back to Brooklyn, Streisand’s highly successful North American tour. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 1st June - The Zombies

At the Indig02, Docklands, London. 0844 856 0202.

Sun. 2nd - 5th June - Graduate Fashion Week

At Earls Court 2, London. www.gfw.org.uk

Sun. 2nd June - Eastbourne Cycling Festival

At Hadlow Down, E. Sussex. TN22 4HS. See page 50 for details.

Sat. 1st June - Jack Jones Farewell UK Tour

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Celebrating 54 years in the industry and with over 50 albums. £27.50 & £29.50. 01323 412000. Sat.

1st June - Almost 40 Dance Show

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Performed by the Laton Ash Dance Centre. See main advertisement on page 46. 01424 462288.

At the seafront, Eastbourne. A full closed road racing programme from Elite to fourth category riders, Duathathlon, 5k run races, sportive ride, kids events, stunt display, exhibitors ...... www.eastbournecyclingfestival.co.uk

Tues. 4th & 6th June - Rod Stewart

At the O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Hotly-tipped electro-soul siren Moya will be special guest support. 0844 856 0202.

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